Title: High levels of antenatal maternal anxiety are associated with altered cognitive control in five-year-old children
Authors: Loomans, Eva Margarita ×
van der Stelt, O
van Eijsden, M
Gemke, R J B J
Vrijkotte, T G M
Van den Bergh, Bea #
Issue Date: May-2012
Publisher: Wiley
Series Title: Developmental Psychobiology vol:54 issue:4 pages:441-450
Article number: 10.1002/dev.20606
Abstract: This longitudinal prospective study examined the relation between maternal anxiety during pregnancy and specific aspects of children's cognitive functioning at age five. Antenatal maternal state-anxiety was measured around the 16th week of pregnancy. Children's neurocognitive functioning was examined using a simple reaction time (RT) task, and a choice RT task. Multiple regression analyses in the total sample (N = 922) showed that antenatal anxiety was positively related to children's intra-individual variability in RT in the simple task. In a subsample (n = 100) of women with state-anxiety scores above the 90th percentile, antenatal anxiety was positively associated with mean RT and intra-individual variability in RT in the incompatible trials of the choice RT task. In addition, in this subsample of highly anxious mothers we found a significant positive association in boys but not in girls, between prenatal maternal anxiety and intra-individual variability in RT in the simple task.
ISSN: 0012-1630
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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