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Parental perceptions of vulnerability of formerly premature infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2778593     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study explores a possible precursor of the vulnerable child syndrome, a constellation of behaviors thought to develop as a result of excessive parental anxiety. Healthy 3-year-old children who had been born prematurely were compared to children born at term, using a single instrument. Mothers of premature infants reported a significantly greater sense of vulnerability about their children than did mothers of term infants. Antecedents and correlates of vulnerability are explored. Mothers with more education reported a greater sense of vulnerability than did less well-educated mothers, while mothers who reported greater well-being and marital satisfaction reported a lower sense of vulnerability. A greater sense of vulnerability was associated with more behavior problems and more somatic and internalizing symptoms. The data have important implications for nurses caring for infants in neonatal intensive care units, as well as in pediatric ambulatory and hospital settings.
B S Culley; E C Perrin; M J Chaberski
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners     Volume:  3     ISSN:  0891-5245     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pediatr Health Care     Publication Date:    1989 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-10-26     Completed Date:  1989-10-26     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709735     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Health Care     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  237-45     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature / psychology*
Parent-Child Relations
Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects
Social Environment

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