Saudi Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3--8

Epigenetic transmission of maternal behavior: Impact on the neurobiological system of healthy mothers


Alya Elmadih, Mahdi Abumadini 
 Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam; Department of Psychiatry, King Fahd Hospital of the University, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia; Centre for Women's Mental Health, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Alya Elmadih
Department of Psychiatry, King Fahd Hospital of the University, Al Khobar

Quality of maternal caregiving not only impacts children's development but can also result in heritable changes in gene expression (i.e., in an epigenetic manner). Consequently, when women become mothers, they adopt parenting behavior similar to that they received at family of origin. This transgenerational transmission of maternal behavior may also be associated with changes in the neurobiological system of future mothers. This review aims to highlight the effect quality of perceived parenting has on maternal behavior and the neurobiological system of mothers, specifically the oxytocin system, brain morphology and brain function. This would likely help in finding biomarkers that profile the impact of perceived parenting on mothers, and thus allow identification of mothers who experience poor-quality parenting for intervention.


How to cite this article:
Elmadih A, Abumadini M. Epigenetic transmission of maternal behavior: Impact on the neurobiological system of healthy mothers.Saudi J Med Med Sci 2019;7:3-8


How to cite this URL:
Elmadih A, Abumadini M. Epigenetic transmission of maternal behavior: Impact on the neurobiological system of healthy mothers. Saudi J Med Med Sci [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 May 20 ];7:3-8
Available from: http://www.sjmms.net/article.asp?issn=1658-631X;year=2019;volume=7;issue=1;spage=3;epage=8;aulast=Elmadih;type=0