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Emotional processing and cortisol were investigated in non-depressed young adults whose mothers experienced PND. PND-exposed participants (n=11) had higher waking salivary cortisol and slower performance on an emotional categorization task than controls (n=15). This supports the hypothesis that early exposure to maternal depression is associated with characteristics reminiscent of vulnerability to depression.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.eurpsy.2010.01.015

Type

Journal article

Journal

Eur Psychiatry

Publication Date

11/2011

Volume

26

Pages

479 - 481

Keywords

Adult, Affective Symptoms, Child Development, Depression, Depression, Postpartum, Female, Humans, Hydrocortisone, Infant, Newborn, Male, Mother-Child Relations, Pituitary-Adrenal System, Postnatal Care, Saliva, Surveys and Questionnaires