Special Issue "Prenatal Psychological Stress Exposure and Neurodevelopment and Health of Children"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).
Interests: early development and health
Department of Developmental Psychology – StressLab, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam 1081 BT, The Netherlands
Interests: Early Life Stress
Interests: fetal programming of neurodevelopment
The prenatal environment has long-lasting effects on the neurodevelopment and health of children. Psychological stress is among the factors that may have profound effects on fetal (neuro)development and thereby affect children’s health and wellbeing.
Stress is a complex and multifactorial phenomenon, and can be interpreted in many ways. First, stress, or a ‘stressor’, can point to an event that has the potential to elicit a stress response when a person perceives this event as being ‘beyond one’s capacity to cope with the particular event’. A stressful event may include experiencing a war, losing a loved one, losing a job or experiencing domestic violence. How ‘stressful’ someone then perceives this event differs between individuals. A certain event can lead to feelings of depression in one person, feelings of agitation in another person, whereas someone else may experience no feelings of stress at all. Moreover, while one person can experience many stressful events without developing symptoms of depression or anxiety, another person may feel extremely depressed to the point of losing the will to live, without having experienced a single stressor in his or her life. This is both intriguing as it is frustrating for those trying to understand the phenomenon ‘stress’, in order to target (preventive) strategies. Besides a genetic predisposition for psychopathology, this may be (partly) explained by the fact that many factors are closely interrelated with stress, such as nutrition, smoking behavior, alcohol consumption, and socio-economic status.
Psychological stress in pregnancy is associated with increased risks of neurodevelopmental disorders in the offspring. In order to develop effective preventive strategies, more knowledge is needed on what determines individual susceptibility to stress and how environmental and social factors (such as poverty and violence) may interact with the effects of the different kinds of stress on neurodevelopmental outcomes in the offspring. Disentangling these factors is important in order to integrate effective (preventive) strategies in vulnerable populations, to benefit the (mental) health of both the expecting mother and her unborn child.
Therefore, we are organizing a Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health which is focused on “Prenatal psychological stress exposure and neurodevelopment and health of children”.
We invite you to submit original research papers that focus on psychosocial stress, in the broadest sense, and socio-environmental factors in pregnancy that may affect fetal (neuro)development and behavioral outcomes in children. The subtopics include:
- Determinants of socio-environmental factors and psychosocial stress in pregnancy
- Particular vulnerable groups of social-environmental problems and psychosocial stress in pregnancy
- Socio-environmental exposures and (interactions with) psychological stress in pregnancy and association with (neuro)developmental outcomes in the offspring
- Potential interventions that impact socio-environmental factors or psychological stress in pregnancy
Prof. Dr. Tessa Roseboom
Dr. Susanne de Rooij
Drs. Laura Bleker
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- Psychological stress
- Fetal Neurodevelopment