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Intervention with disadvantaged parents of sick preterm infants.
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PMID:  2464175     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Infants born preterm are, as a group, at increased risk for a wide variety of later developmental problems (Kopp and Parmelee 1979), although many preterm infants do well (Hack et al. 1983; Saigal et al. 1984). The perinatal vulnerability, however, is amplified in disadvantaged families (Sameroff and Chandler 1975), increasing the likelihood of later emotional and cognitive difficulties (Werner and Smith 1977). A preventive intervention project was designed, therefore, that would provide and then evaluate the effectiveness of supportive home visitor services to parents of infants who were at double jeopardy, both biologically and socially--that is, sick preterm infants being reared by low-income parents. E. Baxter, K. Weiler and I hypothesized that if intervention could increase mothers' involvement and level of responsive interactions with their children, that increased maternal commitment and responsiveness to the infant would act as a protective factor ameliorating or preventing later problems in the child (Beckwith and Cohen 1984; Werner and Smith 1982).
L Beckwith
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychiatry     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0033-2747     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1988 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-03-08     Completed Date:  1989-03-08     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376470     Medline TA:  Psychiatry     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  242-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of California, Los Angeles.
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MeSH Terms
Community Health Nursing*
Developmental Disabilities / prevention & control*
Follow-Up Studies
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature, Diseases / prevention & control*
Mother-Child Relations*
Grant Support

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