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20 July 2011

Stress from domestic violence affects foetus

A new study provides evidence that stress from domestic violence during pregnancy may make offspring more prone to stress as an adult.

A new study provides evidence that stress from domestic violence during pregnancy may make offspring more prone to stress as an adult. However, the research doesn't directly prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

In recent years, scientists have tried to understand how stress during pregnancy affects the foetus, possibly by altering genes. Research has suggested that anxious and stressed mothers are more likely to have children who develop attention and behaviour problems and other issues, said Thomas G. O'Connor, director of the Wynne Center for Family Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center in new York.

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