The Effect of Adverse Maternal Care in Socially Housed Rhesus Macaques Open Access

McMurray, Matthew (2012)

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The Effect of Adverse Maternal Care in Socially Housed Rhesus Macaques
In this study, rhesus macaques ( Macaca mulatta) were used to study differences in rates of
infant exploration, vocalization, and attachment to the mother between maltreated and
control infants. Results indicated that maltreated infants are more behaviorally inhibited
and less likely to call for help compared to control infants. Males also engaged in more
exploration away from the mother compared to females who, in turn, had higher rates of
proximal exploration. These findings are valuable because they suggest that there are early
behavioral differences between maltreated and control infants.

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1. BACKGROUND...1

2. INTRODUCTION...3

Maltreatment in Humans...3

Maltreatment in Non-human Primates...7

Laboratory Temperament Assessment Battery...11

3. METHODS AND MATERIALS...14

Subjects...14

Procedures...18

Behavioral Scoring...20

Statistical Analysis...20

4. RESULTS...22

5. DISCUSSION...27

6. CONCLUSION...35

7. APPENDIX...36

8. REFERENCES...42

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