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ERIC Number: ED503040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
The Effects of Toxic Stress during Pregnancy. Science Briefs
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
"Science Briefs" summarize the findings and implications of a recent study in basic science or clinical research. This Brief summarizes the findings and implications of "Exposure to Repetitive versus Varied Stress during Prenatal Development Generates Two Distinct Enxiogenic and Veuroendocrine Profiles in Adulthood" (H. N. Richardson; E. P. Zorrilla; C. D. Mandyam; and C. L. Rivier.) The study found that predictable, repeated, intense stress during pregnancy was more disruptive and caused long-term increases in anxiety-like behavior in offspring when compared to the effects of milder and more random stressors. [Study Title and Authors: Richardson, HN, Zorrilla, EP, Mandyam, CD, Rivier, CL (2006). Exposure to repetitive versus varied stress during prenatal development generates two distinct anxiogenic and neuroendocrine profiles in adulthood. "Endocrinology" 147:2506-2517.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
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