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Título: Adult attachment style and cortisol responses in women in late pregnancy
Autor: Martins, José Manuel Costa
Ramos, Mariana Moura
Cascais, Maria João
Silva, Carlos Fernandes da
Martins, Henriqueta Maria Ramalhinho Ginja da Costa
Pereira, Marco Daniel de Almeida
Coelho, Rui Manuel Bento de Almeida
Tavares, Jorge Mergulhão
Palavras-chave: Attachment
Cortisol
Pregnancy
Data: 2016
Editora: BioMed Central
Citação: BMC Psychology, 4, 1-11. doi: 10.1186/s40359-016-0105-8
Resumo: Background: Recent research has documented the association between attachment and cortisol rhythms. During pregnancy, when attachment patterns are likely to be activated, elevated levels of cortisol are associated with negative effects for the mother and the foetus. The aim of the present study was to examine the association of adult attachment style and cortisol rhythms in pregnant women. Methods: Eighty women in the third trimester of pregnancy participated in the study. Adult attachment was assessed using the Adult Attachment Scale–Revised (AAS-R). Participants collected 4 samples of salivary cortisol at two different days; 3 samples were collected in the morning immediately after wakeup and one sample was collected by bedtime. Results:Results found group significant differences in the cortisol diurnal oscillation ( F (1,71) = 26.46, p < .001,), with secure women reporting a steep decrease in cort isol from awakening to bedtime, while women with fearful avoidant attachment reported no changes. No group differences were found regarding the cortisol awakening response. Conclusions: These results highlight the importance of consi dering attachment patterns during pregnancy, suggesting fearful avoidant attachment style as a possible risk factor for emotional difficulties and dysregulation of the neuroendocrine rhythms.
Descrição: Suporte financeiro e não financeiro da Maternidade Alfredo da Costa, Lisboa, Portugal
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.12/4874
DOI: 10.1186/s40359-016-0105-8
ISSN: 2050-7283
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