Maternal adjustment and infant outcome in medically defined high-risk pregnancy.

Rachel Levy-Shiff*, Maya Lerman, Dov Har-Even, Moshe Hod

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Biological and psychosocial risk factors in high-risk pregnancy and their relation to infant developmental outcomes were explored in a sample of 153 pregnant Israeli women who had pregestational diabetes mellitus, gestational diabetes mellitus, or were nondiabetic. Questionnaires on coping and resources as well as well-being and distress during the 2nd trimester were administered. Estimates of maternal fuels (HbAlc and fructosamine) were obtained throughout pregnancy. At 1 year, offspring were administered the Bayley Scales of Infant Development and mother-infant interactions were observed. Infants of mothers in the diabetic groups scored lower on the Bayley Scales and revealed fewer positive and more negative behaviors than did infants of mothers in the nondiabetic group. Infant outcomes in the maternal diabetic groups were associated with maternal metabolism. Maternal coping and resources differed in the 3 groups and differentially predicted infant development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-103
Number of pages11
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes


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