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Mother-infant interaction is influenced by the amount of holding in preterm infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17707118     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate associations between infant crying, holding and mother-infant interaction. METHODS: The study groups included 30 firstborn Finnish preterm infants (<1501 g or <32 weeks), and their 36 full-term controls. Caregiver's holding and infant's crying behavior was assessed using Baby Day Diary at 5 months of corrected age. The quality of mother-infant interaction was assessed using PC-ERA at 6 and 12 months of corrected age. RESULTS: The results showed that longer duration of holding in home environment was associated with better quality of mother-infant interaction at 6 and 12 months of corrected age in preterm infants. Preterm infants cried more often and were held more than full-term infants. The frequency of crying was associated with the duration of holding in preterm infants. Mother-infant interaction was comparable between the groups of preterm and full-term infants. CONCLUSIONS: Our results underline the importance of caregiver's physical closeness for the quality of the mother-infant interaction in preterm infants. Prematurity itself does not necessary affect the quality of mother-infants interaction in a non-risk population.
Riikka Korja; Jonna Maunu; Jarkko Kirjavainen; Elina Savonlahti; Leena Haataja; Helena Lapinleimu; Hanna Manninen; Jorma Piha; Liisa Lehtonen;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-08-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Early human development     Volume:  84     ISSN:  0378-3782     ISO Abbreviation:  Early Hum. Dev.     Publication Date:  2008 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-14     Completed Date:  2008-06-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708381     Medline TA:  Early Hum Dev     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  257-67     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Turku, Turku, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Crying / physiology,  psychology
Infant Care / psychology*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature / physiology*,  psychology
Mother-Child Relations*
Mothers / psychology*
Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
Satu Ekblad / ; Eeva Ekholm / ; Leena Haataja / ; Pentti Kero / ; Riikka Korja / ; Harry Kujari / ; Helena Lapinleimu / ; Liisa Lehtonen / ; Hanna Manninen / ; Jonna Maunu / ; Jaakko Matomäki / ; Petriina Munck / ; Pekka Niemi / ; Pertti Palo / ; Riitta Parkkola / ; Jorma Piha / ; Annika Pihlgren / ; Päivi Rautava / ; Liisi Rautava / ; Milla Reiman / ; Hellevi Rikalainen / ; Taija Saanisto / ; Katriina Saarinen / ; Elina Savonlahti / ; Matti Sillanpää / ; Suvi Stolt / ; Päivi Tuomikoski-Koiranen / ; Anu Uschakorf / ; Tuula Aärimaa /

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