MHPCDMaternal Health Practices and Child Development
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When the children of the adult mothers in the MHPCD study were assessed at age 10, prenatal tobacco exposure predicted deficits on neuropsychological tests that measured planning ability and fine motor coordination (Cornelius et al.
In the adult cohort of t he MHPCD project, 3-year-olds who were exposed prenatally to tobacco were significantly more likely to display oppositional behavior, immaturity, and aggressive behavior, according to the mothers' reports (Day et al.
The association between prenatal tobacco exposure and early tobacco experimentation was also found in the MHPCD prospective study of adult women and their offspring (Cornelius et al.