Infant-holding biases in mothers and affective symptoms during pregnancy and after delivery
Article first published online: 20 NOV 2008
Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Infant and Child Development
Volume 18, Issue 2, pages 106–121, March/April 2009
How to Cite
Vauclair, J. and Scola, C. (2009), Infant-holding biases in mothers and affective symptoms during pregnancy and after delivery. Inf. Child Develop., 18: 106–121. doi: 10.1002/icd.594
- Issue published online: 23 MAR 2009
- Article first published online: 20 NOV 2008
- infant-holding biases;
- maternal affective symptoms;
Several authors have reported that participants have a leftward bias when holding a newborn or young infant. Our study of mothers met before and after their infant's birth sought to ascertain whether particular combinations of affective symptoms (depression, anxiety) and holding positions (horizontal versus vertical) were related to holding-side biases. Our results showed that (a) mothers displayed a significant leftward (71%) holding bias, (b) mothers with affective symptoms held their newborn on the right side and more frequently in the vertical position, and (c) hemispheric specialization for perceiving visual emotions had no significant effect on the holding-side biases of new mothers. These results suggest that maternal affective symptoms have a dominant effect on the determination of holding-side preferences, when associated with a particular holding position. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.