Unformatted text preview: Based on the PCL criteria, 47 women developed PTSD because of 9/11 and 55 did not. Mothers who developed PTSD rated their infants as having more distress. It was found that “Maternal PTSD symptoms were positively correlated with infant distress, and maternal morning cortisol levels were inversely related to infant distress to novelty” (456). PTSD participants also showed significant decreased salivary cortisol in the morning and before bed, compared to the participants who did not develop PTSD. This study shows that individuals prone to PTSD are more likely to produce distressed offspring than individuals less susceptible to PTSD. These findings suggest that genetic and epigenetic influences are involved in developing PTSD....
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- Spring '08
- September 11 attacks, Psychological trauma, Maternal PTSD Following