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J Pediatr Psychol. 1993 Oct;18(5):605-20.

Prenatal drug exposure: neurodevelopmental outcome and parenting environment.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore 21201.

Abstract

Examined neurodevelopmental patterns and caregiving environment among 20 infants prenatally exposed to cocaine and 20 drug-free infants. The Brazelton Scale was administered 4 times. Drug-exposed infants had less optimal neurodevelopment than comparison infants at birth, but by 6 weeks only differences in autonomic stability were apparent. Neurodevelopmental performance was related positively to the child-centered quality of the environment. Though support buffered stress in both groups, the effect was more robust among drug-free mothers. Findings support the need to consider neurodevelopmental recovery and the caregiving environment in evaluations of developmental outcome among drug-exposed infants.

PMID:
7507525
PMCID:
PMC3139096
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/18.5.605
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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