حساسیت هورمونی زودرس در مقابل حساسیت تمام مدت نوزادان با اثرات افسردگی مادر
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|38090||2008||11 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||6152 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Infant Behavior and Development, Volume 31, Issue 1, January 2008, Pages 51–61
Abstract Comparisons were made of differences in the hormonal sensitivity of preterm versus full-term infants to maternal depression, as reflected in children's cortisol levels. In Study 1 (N = 25), a comparison was made between preterm versus healthy full-term children. In Study 2 (N = 80), a comparison was made between preterm infants and full-term infants with mild or moderate medical problems. Preterm infants were found to be highly reactive to maternal depression (as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory). That is, they demonstrated higher cortisol levels when paired with depressed mothers and lower cortisol levels when paired with non-depressed mothers. No equivalent effects were found for children who were full-term, even when they had experienced other medical problems at birth. It was concluded that premature infants are exceptionally sensitive to the “emotional climate” in their home environment. As a result, they may manifest very different hormonal outcomes—with implications for their later development.
. Introduction Considerable attention has been given historically to the fact that high levels of stress early in life predict later problems. More recently, such effects have been interpreted in terms of biological changes as mediators of this process. Researchers concerned with developmental psychopathology have given increasing attention to the neurohormonal responses of very young children to early trauma or stress (e.g., Bremner & Narayan, 1998; Gunnar, 2000 and Nelson, 2000). However, interests have expanded beyond concern with trauma to a broader consideration of early experiences that predict children's later outcomes. It has also extended to consider possible variations in child vulnerability. Repetti, Taylor, and Seeman (2002), in a review of literature concerning the biological outcomes of children in “risky” families (e.g., those characterized by aggression/conflict or coldness/neglect), concluded that child vulnerability and family risk combine to predict dysregulation of the child's stress response system—a consequence that ultimately has negative implications for their later health and well-being. In this study, we focused attention on maternal depression as a potential source of early stress for infants. Our specific concern here was on the differential vulnerability of preterm versus full-term infants to maternal depression—in terms of their stress-relevant hormonal responses. 1.1. Maternal depression Maternal depression has repeatedly been found to have negative implications for maternal responsiveness and sensitivity to infants—which in turn has implications for infant development. For example, Zlochower and Cohn (1996) demonstrated that depressed mothers were less responsive to their infants—leading to a reduction in synchrony of the interaction within the dyad. Donovan, Leavitt, and Walsh (1998) observed that depressed mothers manifested deficits in their ability to detect differences in infant cries—communication patterns that have significance for accurate signal detection within the relationship. Supporting this finding, Broth, Goodman, Hall, and Raynor (2004) found that depressed mothers were less accurate than non-depressed mothers in interpreting infant emotions, as reflected in their facial expressions. The response patterns typically shown by depressed mothers, in turn, predict more negative outcomes for their children. Field and her colleagues have conducted extensive research concerned with interaction between depressed mothers and their children. In reviewing the literature, Field (1994) concluded that disruptions are shown at many levels among infants of depressed mothers. When mothers are relatively emotionally and socially unavailable, their infants are more likely to show negative affect and disrupted emotional regulation abilities, as well as dysregulated neurobehavioral development at later ages (Ashman, Dawson, Panagiotides, & Wilkinson, 2002; Dawson & Ashman, 2000; Field, 1994). Laboratory research has also demonstrated that disruptions can be experimentally produced in the affective responses of infants if they are exposed to a “still face” that simulates the behavior of depressed mothers (Gianino & Tronick, 1988). Extensive work making use of this paradigm has demonstrated that children manifest short-term responses to the still-face stimulus that are equivalent to those shown by the children of depressed mothers (as described by Field, 1994). For example, they show greater negative affect, increased heart rate and vagal tone (Moore & Calkins, 2004). In addition, infancy has been identified as a period in which maternal depression has the greatest effect on later development during early childhood (Sohr-Preston & Scaramella, 2006). However, less is known about the differential sensitivity of infants to maternal depression. 1.2. Variations in children’ sensitivity to context: potential moderators of responses shown to maternal depression Whereas children are believed to be generally sensitive to their early environment, children may also vary in their level of sensitivity. For example, Belsky and his colleagues (Belsky, 2005; Belsky, Hsieh, & Crnic, 1998) have proposed that children differ in their degree of reactivity or responsiveness to parents’ childrearing practices. Specifically, infants who show high negative emotionality are more (negatively) reactive to parenting practices than are those who show low negative emotionality; ultimately such children show a greater frequency of externalizing problems. Such children may be thought of as exceptionally vulnerable to the effects of harmful environments. Boyce and Ellis (2005) proposed that some children may be highly reactive to all aspects of their parenting history—with resultant implications for their later outcomes. In similar fashion, De Bellis (2004) proposed that some children have predispositions that lead them to show increased sensitivity to social cues in general. Past research has focused on differences in children's temperament as a source of differential sensitivity to their social environment. However, there are suggestive indications that preterm infants may also provide an instance of children who are exceptionally vulerable to their early social-emotional environment. In some ways, they show heightened reactivity to their environment, for example, they show greater eye opening in response to infant-directed speech, and greater manifestations of distress when tactile stimulation (to the arms) is used in combination with infant-directed speech (Eckerman, Oehler, Medvin, & Hannan, 1994). However, they have more difficulty in sustaining attention to stimuli (Ruff, 1986). The attentional reactivity of preterm infants appears to pose a cost to their physiological stability (Lester, Boukydis, & LaGasse, 1996). In general, preterm infants show disorganization of their self-regulation ability, as well as attention and state disorganization (Als, Duffy, & McAnulty, 1988). They also show deficits in their processing of social stimuli. For example, preterm infants show auditory-visual deficits in their ability to detect face-voice synchrony in social stimuli (Pickens, Field, Nawrocki, & Martinez, 1994). Possibly in the service of self-regulation, preterm infants are also more likely to withdraw from social stimuli (Field, 1994). At the most general level, preterm infants have been found to show poorly developed social, communication, and joint attention initiation abilities (De Groote, Roeyers, & Warreyn, 2006). On a long-term basis, children born prematurely are less socially competent at later ages than are full-term children (Tessler, Nadeau, Boivin, & Tremblay, 1997). However, little is known about individual differences in infants’ differential response to maternal depression (and resultant variations in their responsiveness). One of the few findings in connection with individual differences in response to maternal depression concerns gender effects. Infant sons appear to be more vulnerable than daughters to the depressive symptoms shown by mothers (Weinberg, Olson, Beeghly, & Tronick, 2006). If indeed preterm infants have problems in self-regulation, any reduction in maternal responsiveness (generally associated with maternal depression) should pose a greater problem than is true for other infants. That is, mothers’ relative unavailability could be expected to reduce their ability to facilitate the preterm infant's emotion regulation. 1.3. Hormonal changes as mediators of children's later outcomes In considering the effects of early experience on hormonal responses, our attention focused on chronic changes in children's cortisol levels. Chorpita and Barlow (1998), in reviewing the relevant literature, suggested that any early experience that causes the child to experience low perceptions of control will ultimately lead to hypercortisolism (chronically high levels of cortisol) at later ages. As one specific example, investigators have taken note of the fact that hypercortisolism appears among children who are exposed to poverty (Lupien, King, Meaney, & McEwen, 2001). Relevant to the topic of this paper, maternal depression has also been found to be a source of stress—as evidenced by the fact that maternal depression predicts elevated cortisol levels in their children. For example, Ashman et al. (2002) found that 7–8-year-old children, whose mothers had a history of depression in the child's first 2 years of life, were more likely to manifest high baseline levels of cortisol. Bugental, Martorell, and Barraza (2003) demonstrated prospectively that children (as toddlers), whose mothers experienced post-partum depression, showed high baseline levels of cortisol. Chronically elevated basal cortisol levels have been found to predict a wide variety of negative outcomes, for example, interference with normal immune function, metabolism, and reproduction, and loss of neuronal processes (e.g., Sapolsky, 1996). In children, elevated cortisol levels at younger ages are predictive of more negative psychological outcomes at older ages, for example, a higher presence of internalizing disorders and depressive symptoms (Post et al., 1998 and Smider et al., 2002). 1.4. Predictions Across two studies, we measured the differential sensitivity of children to maternal depressive symptoms, as a function of their birth history. It was predicted that preterm infants would manifest greater sensitivity to maternal depression than would full-term children. That is, preterm infants were expected to show higher basal cortisol levels than did full-term children in response to mothers who manifested depressive symptoms. No comparable differences between children were expected when mothers failed to show depressive symptoms. In Study 1 we compared the hormonal responses of preterm infants and healthy full-term infants. In Study 2, we compared the hormonal responses of preterm infants and full-term infants with other medical problems.