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J Paediatr Child Health. 2011 Jan;47(1-2):34-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01887.x. Epub 2010 Oct 26.

Maternal psychosocial factors around delivery on development of 2-year-old children: A prospective cohort study.

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Department of Nursing, Chang Jung Christian University, Tainan County, Taipei, Taiwan.



To explore whether maternal psychosocial factors around delivery are related to development of 2-year-old children.


Pregnant women going to the hospital for delivery were recruited, and their children were observed at 24 months. A total of 186 mother-child dyads completed the measurement. Self-report data of maternal psychosocial factors around delivery were selected from the Taiwanese version of the short-form 36. The Comprehensive Developmental Inventory for Infants and Toddlers was completed by interviewers and the main care givers for the child at 2 years old.


Using the multiple linear regression analysis and adjusting for potential confounders, maternal vitality around delivery was found to have a significantly positive relationship with the whole Comprehensive Developmental Inventory for Infants and Toddlers (P = 0.005) and self-help development (P = 0.001), but work stress had a significantly negative relationship with motor development (seldom, P = 0.050; always, P = 0.048).


Maternal vitality around delivery was beneficial to a child's self-help development, while work stress seemed to be an adverse effect on child's motor development in later life. It is important to improve the psychosocial health of pregnant women.

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