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Mother-infant interactions of medically fragile infants and non-chronically ill premature infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12884418     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
At 6 months corrected for prematurity, 41 medically fragile prematures, 20 medically fragile full-terms, and 28 prematures without chronic illnesses were observed interacting with their mothers for 1 hr. Mothers of non-chronically ill prematures gestured to and touched their infants less, were uninvolved with them for a longer time, and spent less time interacting and looking at their infants than did mothers of medically fragile infants. Medically fragile full-terms slept more than the non-chronically ill prematures. The non-chronically ill premature group played with objects more and exhibited more locomotion. Thus, the non-chronically ill prematures had more mature behaviors but less frequent interactions than did the medically fragile infants. These disparities reflect differences both in the infants' functional maturity and in maternal compensation for infant vulnerability.
Diane Holditch-Davis; Mary Foster Cox; Margaret Shandor Miles; Michael Belyea
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Research in nursing & health     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0160-6891     ISO Abbreviation:  Res Nurs Health     Publication Date:  2003 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-28     Completed Date:  2003-09-09     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806136     Medline TA:  Res Nurs Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  300-11     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Educational Status
Infant Behavior*
Infant Care / statistics & numerical data*
Infant Welfare*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Mother-Child Relations*
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