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ERIC Number: EJ1125795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
How Motherhood and Poverty Change the Brain
Kim, Pilyoung; Bianco, Hannah
ZERO TO THREE, v34 n4 p29-36 Mar 2014
Poverty-associated chronic stress is a serious threat not only to a mother's mental health but also to maternal functioning. Recent neuroimaging studies suggest that a mother's brain undergoes dynamic changes to support her transition to parenthood, including better emotion regulation and heightened sensitivity to infants. However, we propose that the chronic stress experienced by low-income mothers may result in damage to such adaptive neural changes, and in turn increase risk for postpartum depression and harsh parenting. Understanding of the neurobiological risk markers involved may help develop more precise interventions and treatments aimed at improving low-income mothers' psychological health and mother-infant relationships.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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