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The aim of this research is to investigate whether postpartum stress symptoms may persist through time and whether these symptoms may he connected to temperamental characteristics of the child. The underlying hypothesis is that child temperament may both affect stress symptom persistence and itself be a stress source for the mother. The results indicated that women with chronic stress symptoms had children classified as "slow to warm-up"; in contrast, women that have shown stress symptoms only after delivery and women that have never showed stress symptoms had children classified as "easy."

KEY WORDS: childbirth, PTSD, postpartum disorder, child temperament.


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Paola Di Blasio, is a Professor of Developmental Psychology, C.R.T.I., Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Italy. Chiara Ionio, is a PhD Student there.

Correspondence: Universit

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