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Outcomes of a massage intervention on teen mothers: a pilot study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19916344     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The difficulties that adolescent mothers encounter as a result of the combined stress of adolescence, parenthood, maintaining peer relationships, and establishing positive relationships with their infants have been identified in the literature, and these characteristics are often associated with poor infant outcomes. This study was designed to examine the effects of an infant massage intervention on adolescent mothers' attitudes and perceptions of their infants. Twenty-five African-American adolescent mothers (mean age 16.13 years), who were enrolled in a parent training program for high school students in a southern state, participated in the project. The mothers were assigned randomly to an intervention (9) or control group (16). After a brief training session, participants in the intervention group practiced massage with their infants for approximately 2 months. Data analysis was based on the 15 participants who completed both baseline and 2-month follow-up measures (8 in the control group and 7 in the intervention group). This study found some support for teaching infant massage to adolescent mothers as a way of enhancing maternal-infant physical contact and lowering depression, as well as positively influencing mothers' perceptions of infant temperament. Results indicate that infant massage training may lead to improvements beyond those achieved with a typical parent education curriculum and shows potential as a low-cost supplement to current teen mother education in high schools.
Krista L Oswalt; Fred J Biasini; Lynda Law Wilson; Sylvie Mrug
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric nursing     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0097-9805     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Nurs     Publication Date:    2009 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-17     Completed Date:  2009-12-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505804     Medline TA:  Pediatr Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  284-9, 317     Citation Subset:  N    
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior
Education, Nursing, Continuing
Pilot Projects

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