USA: violence in pregnancy predicts aggression in toddlers

03 October 2018

Children born to mothers who experience violence in pregnancy are more likely to show aggression towards their mothers as toddlers.

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame looked at mothers’ experiences of violence during pregnancy, depression at six months, and their children’s behaviour at 24 months.

Study co-author Laura Miller-Graff said: ‘Infancy and early toddlerhood are key times for learning some of the core emotion regulation skills – so if mums struggle, kids struggle.’

The research, published in the International Journal of Behavioral Development, found that there were no effects on the toddlers’ aggression toward their peers.

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