Journal article

Neurobiological basis of parenting disturbance

Louise K Newman, Melissa Harris, Joanne Allen

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2011


OBJECTIVE: It has been proposed that early attachment relationships shape the structure and reactivity of social brain structures that underlie later social capacities. We provide a review of the literature surrounding the development of neurological regulatory systems during infancy and outline recent research suggesting these systems go on to underlie adaptive parental responses. METHOD: We review evidence in the peer-reviewed psychiatric literature including (i) observational human literature on the neurobiological and social sequelae of early parenting experiences, (ii) experimental animal literature on the effects of early maternal care on neurological development, (iii) experimental an..

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