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Baby lost and found: mothers' experiences of infants who cry persistently.
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PMID:  21514489     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to describe mothers' experiences of parenting an irritable infant. Although "colic" is regarded as a "self-limiting" condition that usually disappears by 3 to 4 months of age, the entire family is affected by the infant's crying; no definitive cause or cure has been identified.
SAMPLE AND SETTING: Twelve middle-class married mothers (mean age=27.6 years) of irritable infants were interviewed. The women responded to open-ended questions, beginning with a description of the "typical day" with the infant. All interviews were tape recorded, transcribed verbatim, and entered into the AtlasTi qualitative analysis program. Grounded theory methods were used to analyze the data. Transcripts were read repeatedly to verify coding and emerging concepts.
RESULTS: The basic social psychological problem was the loss of the perceived baby and competence as a mother. The psychosocial process was the search for the baby and sense of self as mother. Processes involved cycles of hope and despair and trial and error as mothers became more isolated.
DISCUSSION: Implications for practitioners include support and listening to mothers during this difficult period.
Mary Erickson Megel; Margaret E Wilson; Katherine Bravo; Nancy McMahon; Angela Towne
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-12-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1532-656X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pediatr Health Care     Publication Date:    2011 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-25     Completed Date:  2011-08-18     Revised Date:  2014-07-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709735     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Health Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  144-52     Citation Subset:  N    
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Copyright © 2011 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Published by Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Advanced Practice Nursing / methods
Child, Preschool
Colic / nursing,  psychology*,  therapy
Crying / psychology*
Mother-Child Relations*
Mothers / psychology*
Nursing Methodology Research
Young Adult

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