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Early intervention using Brazelton training with middle-class mothers and fathers of newborns.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7075329     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of the Brazelton exam as a parent education tool for mothers and fathers. 42 middle-class families with firstborn, healthy, full-term infants were randomly assigned to one of three groups: father treatment, mother treatment, and control. The target parents in the treatment groups were taught to perform the Brazelton exam on their own infant, with attention being drawn to the infant's most positive interactive and physical abilities. Questionnaire and observational data were collected in the hospital and at 4 weeks postpartum. These included measures of knowledge of infant behavior, confidence in parenting ability, satisfaction with the infant, and behavior with the infant. The results showed that treatment parents scored higher in knowledge about infants, at both the early and the 4-week periods. Also, treatment fathers were more involved in caretaking with their infants at 4 weeks than were control fathers. More modest treatment effects were shown for confidence and satisfaction measures. No behavioral treatment effects were found during a 10-min observation of parent-infant interaction.
B J Myers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child development     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0009-3920     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Dev     Publication Date:  1982 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-07-08     Completed Date:  1982-07-08     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372725     Medline TA:  Child Dev     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  462-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child Behavior
Child Development*
Father-Child Relations*
Infant, Newborn / psychology*
Interpersonal Relations
Mother-Child Relations*

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