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Parent picture-book reading to infants in the neonatal intensive care unit as an intervention supporting parent-infant interaction and later book reading.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21289497     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVES: : To examine the effects of a parent book reading intervention in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) on parent-infant interaction and on the incidence of parents reading to their infants 3 months post-NICU discharge.
METHODS: : A nonrandomized, participant blinded intervention study using a historical control group (CG) was conducted. The intervention group (IG: n = 59) consisted of parents of infants admitted to the NICU after the introduction of the parent reading program. The CG (n = 57) consisted of parents of infants discharged from the NICU in the 3-month period before the introduction of the reading program. Questionnaires were mailed to participants 3 months after their infant's discharge and completed verbally, over the telephone. Groups were compared on parenting activities and reading. In addition, a thematic analysis of qualitative descriptive data provided insight into the parents' experiences with reading to their infants.
RESULTS: : Sixty-nine percent of IG parents reported that reading helped them feel closer to their baby, and 86% reported it was enjoyable. Parents reported an increased sense of control and normalcy and increased intimacy with their infant. Twice as many parents in the IG reported reading 3 or more times a week to their infants (55.9% IG; 23.3% CG).
CONCLUSION: : Study results support the use of a parent book-reading intervention in the NICU to enhance parent-infant interactions and promote reading.
Janice Lariviere; Janet E Rennick
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1536-7312     ISO Abbreviation:  J Dev Behav Pediatr     Publication Date:    2011 Feb-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006933     Medline TA:  J Dev Behav Pediatr     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  146-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
From the *Neonatal Clinic, The Montreal Children's Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; †Department of Nursing Research, The Montreal Children's Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; ‡School of Nursing, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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