Maternal Neglect, Oxytocin and the Long-Term Effects on Child Health and Development

Maternal neglect

Interesting article about how maternal neglect, including physical and emotional neglect, may have serious long-term effects on children’s general health and development.

Dopamine contribute to the processing of infant-related sensory cues, which lead to a certain behavioral response. We know that Oxytocin activate the dopaminergic reward pathways in response to social cues, and different neuroimaging studies  demonstrate parallels between maternal caregiving and these responses in the brain. As an example, can parents with an insecure or dismissing attachment style, which may be associated with emotional neglect, lead to reduced activation of the dopamine reward system, as well as decreased oxytocin response.

And well studied associations between maternal neglect and juvenile delinquency, show that if the care provided is chaotic, unpredictable, rejecting, or neglectful, infants develop self-protective strategies manifested as various “insecure” patterns of attachment. Read the whole article here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3319675/

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