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PINTO-DUSSAN, MARÍA CRISTINA; AGUILAR-MEJIA, OSCAR MAURICIO and GOMEZ-ROJAS, JUAN DANIEL. Psychological Maternal Stress as a Possible Prenatal Risk Factor for the Development of Cognitive Problems: Neuropsychological Characterization of a Colombian Sample. Univ. Psychol. [online]. 2010, vol.9, n.3, pp. 749-759. ISSN 1657-9267.
Stress is an adaptive response that may involve adverse changes in the medium and long term. Research showed that maternal stress during pregnancy may have variables effects on the offspring development. The objective of this study was to describe the cognitive characteristics of children from Bogota- Colombia, whose mothers during neuropsychological consultation, reported stress during pregnancy as the only risk factor. Cognitive profiles are described from neuropsychological assessments, highlighting significant scores in the subtest and global indices of the WISC IV scale. It was found that children whose mothers suffer stress during pregnancy have deficits in attention, executive functions and processing speed.
Keywords : Stress; Prenatal Risk; Cognitive Function; Neuropsychology; Attention; Executive Function; Mothers; Psychology; Neuropsychological Tests; Executive Function.