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Support like a walking stick: parent-buddy matching for language and culture in the NICU.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21520682     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
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PURPOSE: (1) To explore the experience of non-English-speaking mothers with preterm, very low birth weight (VLBW) infants (,1,500 g); and (2) to examine mothers' assessment of a peer support program matching them with linguistically and culturally similar parent-buddies.
DESIGN: An exploratory, qualitative analysis based on grounded theory.
SAMPLE: A convenience sample of eight mothers from four of the most prevalent non-English-speaking cultures (Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Tamil) in an urban Canadian-teaching hospital.
MAIN OUTCOME VARIABLE: Non-Anglophone mothers' experience and support in the NICU.
RESULTS: Study mothers experienced intense role disequilibrium during the unanticipated crisis of preterm birth of a VLBW infant; situational crises owing to the high-tech NI CU environment and their infant's condition; and developmental crises with feelings of loss, guilt, helplessness, and anxiety. Language barriers compounded the difficulties. Parent-buddies helped non-English-speaking mothers mobilize their strengths. Culture and language are important determinants of service satisfaction for non-English-speaking mothers. Linguistically congruent parent-to-parent matching increases access to service.
Authors:
Frida Ardal; Joanne Sulman; Esme Fuller-Thomson
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neonatal network : NN     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1539-2880     ISO Abbreviation:  Neonatal Netw     Publication Date:    2011 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503921     Medline TA:  Neonatal Netw     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  89-98     Citation Subset:  N    
Affiliation:
Department of Social Work, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada.
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