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Stress and feelings in mothers and fathers in NICU: identifying risk factors for early interventions.
Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2019 06 07; 20:e81.PH

Abstract

AIMS

The aims of this study were to explore parents' stress levels and negative feelings after premature births and to identify the risk factors related to parents' stress and negative feelings during their children's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) stay.

BACKGROUND

Preterm birth is a multi-problematic event that may put the babies in danger for both their medical and neurophysiological conditions and could have a negative impact on both the mother-father relationship and the parent-child interactions.

METHODS

The study involved 43 mothers and 38 fathers of preterm infants. All participants filled out the Parental Stressor Scale: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Profile of Mood States.

FINDINGS

The results revealed significant differences between mothers' and fathers' responses to preterm births in terms of both stress and negative feelings. We found that, for mothers, their own young age and the baby's need for respiratory support were significant predictors of stress; for fathers, their own young age and the baby's lower gestational age and worse condition at birth were significant predictors of stress and negative feelings. The NICU may be a stressful place both for mothers and fathers. Identifying which mothers and fathers are at risk immediately after their children are born could help to direct specific interventions that can reduce these parents' stress and prevent them from negative feelings.

Authors+Show Affiliations

CRIdee, Dipartimento di Psicologia, Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy.CRIdee, Dipartimento di Psicologia, Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy.NICU, Ospedale dei Bambini V. Buzzi, ASST Fatebenefratelli-Sacco, Milano, Italy.NICU, Ospedale dei Bambini V. Buzzi, ASST Fatebenefratelli-Sacco, Milano, Italy.NICU, Ospedale dei Bambini V. Buzzi, ASST Fatebenefratelli-Sacco, Milano, Italy.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Observational Study

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32799977

Citation

Ionio, Chiara, et al. "Stress and Feelings in Mothers and Fathers in NICU: Identifying Risk Factors for Early Interventions." Primary Health Care Research & Development, vol. 20, 2019, pp. e81.
Ionio C, Mascheroni E, Colombo C, et al. Stress and feelings in mothers and fathers in NICU: identifying risk factors for early interventions. Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2019;20:e81.
Ionio, C., Mascheroni, E., Colombo, C., Castoldi, F., & Lista, G. (2019). Stress and feelings in mothers and fathers in NICU: identifying risk factors for early interventions. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 20, e81. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423619000021
Ionio C, et al. Stress and Feelings in Mothers and Fathers in NICU: Identifying Risk Factors for Early Interventions. Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2019 06 7;20:e81. PubMed PMID: 32799977.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Stress and feelings in mothers and fathers in NICU: identifying risk factors for early interventions. AU - Ionio,Chiara, AU - Mascheroni,Eleonora, AU - Colombo,Caterina, AU - Castoldi,Francesca, AU - Lista,Gianluca, Y1 - 2019/06/07/ PY - 2020/8/18/entrez PY - 2019/6/7/pubmed PY - 2019/6/7/medline KW - neonatal intensive care unit KW - parental stress KW - parenting KW - prematurity KW - risk factors SP - e81 EP - e81 JF - Primary health care research & development JO - Prim Health Care Res Dev VL - 20 N2 - AIMS: The aims of this study were to explore parents' stress levels and negative feelings after premature births and to identify the risk factors related to parents' stress and negative feelings during their children's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) stay. BACKGROUND: Preterm birth is a multi-problematic event that may put the babies in danger for both their medical and neurophysiological conditions and could have a negative impact on both the mother-father relationship and the parent-child interactions. METHODS: The study involved 43 mothers and 38 fathers of preterm infants. All participants filled out the Parental Stressor Scale: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Profile of Mood States. FINDINGS: The results revealed significant differences between mothers' and fathers' responses to preterm births in terms of both stress and negative feelings. We found that, for mothers, their own young age and the baby's need for respiratory support were significant predictors of stress; for fathers, their own young age and the baby's lower gestational age and worse condition at birth were significant predictors of stress and negative feelings. The NICU may be a stressful place both for mothers and fathers. Identifying which mothers and fathers are at risk immediately after their children are born could help to direct specific interventions that can reduce these parents' stress and prevent them from negative feelings. SN - 1477-1128 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32799977/Stress_and_feelings_in_mothers_and_fathers_in_NICU:_identifying_risk_factors_for_early_interventions_ L2 - https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S1463423619000021/type/journal_article DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -