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Personal growth in the wake of stress: the case of mothers of preterm twins.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20307022     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In a longitudinal study conducted in Israel, the authors compared mothers of preterm twins (n=64) with mothers of full-term single babies (n=75) and twins (n=72). The authors examined the contributions of internal resources (mother's attachment style, mental health, sociodemographic characteristics), external resources (perceived maternal grandmother's support, mother's marital adaptation), and features of the event itself (infant temperament, additional stressful life events, mother's feelings toward her baby or babies) in proximity to the birth, to personal growth 1 year following the birth. Although mothers of preterm twins reported the highest level of negative feelings toward their infants and the lowest level of mental health, they also experienced the greatest personal growth. Younger age and lower level of education, along with higher perceived support from maternal grandmothers contributed to higher personal growth. It seems that in the wake of stress, even mothers who display lower personal resources can rely on their environmental resources and experience personal growth.
Orit Taubman-Ben-Ari; Liora Findler; Jacob Kuint
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of psychology     Volume:  144     ISSN:  0022-3980     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychol     Publication Date:    2010 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-23     Completed Date:  2010-04-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376332     Medline TA:  J Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  185-204     Citation Subset:  IM    
Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work, Bar-Ilan University 52900, Ramat Gan, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature / psychology*
Life Change Events*
Middle Aged
Mother-Child Relations
Mothers / psychology*
Object Attachment
Parenting / psychology*
Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data
Resilience, Psychological*
Social Support
Twins / psychology*
Young Adult

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