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Maternal Stress and Infant Mortality

Overview of attention for article published in Psychological Science, May 2013
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Maternal Stress and Infant Mortality
Published in
Psychological Science, May 2013
DOI 10.1177/0956797612468010
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Quetzal A. Class, Ali S. Khashan, Paul Lichtenstein, Niklas Långström, Brian M. D’Onofrio


Although preconception and prenatal maternal stress are associated with adverse outcomes in birth and childhood, their relation to infant mortality remains uncertain. We used logistic regression to study infant mortality risk following maternal stress within a population-based sample of infants born in Sweden between 1973 and 2008 (N = 3,055,361). Preconception (6-0 months before conception) and prenatal (between conception and birth) stress were defined as death of a first-degree relative of the mother. A total of 20,651 offspring were exposed to preconception stress, 26,731 offspring were exposed to prenatal stress, and 8,398 cases of infant mortality were identified. Preconception stress increased the risk of infant mortality independently of measured covariates, and this association was timing specific and robust across low-risk groups. Prenatal stress did not increase risk of infant mortality. These results suggest that the period immediately before conception may be a sensitive developmental period with ramifications for infant mortality risk.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 3%
Ghana 2 1%
United Kingdom 2 1%
Sweden 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Greece 1 <1%
Rwanda 1 <1%
Unknown 131 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 32 22%
Student > Master 21 15%
Student > Bachelor 21 15%
Researcher 16 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 14 10%
Other 20 14%
Unknown 20 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 32 22%
Medicine and Dentistry 26 18%
Social Sciences 24 17%
Nursing and Health Professions 13 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 9 6%
Other 16 11%
Unknown 24 17%
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