Mother-infant interaction in premature infants at three months after nursery discharge

Davis, Leigh M., Edwards, Helen E., & Mohay, Heather A. (2003) Mother-infant interaction in premature infants at three months after nursery discharge. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 9(6), pp. 374-381.

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Both the immature and disorganized behaviour of the premature infant and the psychosocial or socioeconomic factors
which adversely affect a mother’s responsiveness to her premature infant can jeopardize the mother-infant relationship. At
three months after infant hospital discharge, the interactions of 50 premature infants (£ 32 weeks) and their mothers were
videotaped and coded using the Nursing Child Assessment Feeding Scale.The relationship between data derived from the
feeding interaction and maternal psychosocial and infant perinatal variables collected at one month after birth and at three
months after discharge from hospital were examined. Results showed that the mothers’ use of coping strategies both in
hospital and at home were important factors in explaining mother–infant interaction.

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ID Code: 9472
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: mother, child relations, mother–infant interaction, postpartum depression, premature infant
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-172X.2003.00447.x
ISSN: 1322-7114
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Midwifery (111006)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Blackwell Publishing
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Deposited On: 13 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 12:57

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