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Supporting fathering through infant massage.
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PMID:  22942622     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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Fathers may feel dissatisfied with their ability to form a close attachment with their infants in the early postpartum period, which, in turn, may increase their parent-related stress. Our study sought to determine if an infant massage intervention assisted fathers with decreasing stress and increasing bonding with their infants during this time. To address the complex father-infant relationship, we conducted a pilot study using a mixed methodology approach. Twelve infant-father dyads participated in the intervention, and 12 infant-father dyads populated a wait-list control group. Paternal stress was measured using the Parenting Stress Index at baseline and at postintervention. We found infant massage instruction significantly decreased paternal stress. Our findings were also supported by the qualitative data and suggest fathers may benefit from applied postnatal education.
Authors:
Carolynn Darrell Cheng; Anthony A Volk; Zopito A Marini
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of perinatal education     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1548-8519     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinat Educ     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-03     Completed Date:  2012-09-06     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301158     Medline TA:  J Perinat Educ     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  200-9     Citation Subset:  -    
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