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Symptoms of acute stress disorder in mothers of premature infants.
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PMID:  22864005     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE: : To determine whether significant symptoms of acute stress disorder (ASD) are present in mothers of premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
SUBJECTS: : Forty mothers of premature infants born less than 33 weeks and admitted into NICU.
DESIGN: : Prospective, cohort, within-subjects.
METHODS: : Mothers completed the Stanford Acute Stress Reaction Questionnaire, Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, and the Acute Stress Disorder Interview to explore the number and severity of stress-related symptoms at 2 separate time periods, 7 to 10 days after birth, and 1 month after birth.
RESULTS: : Twenty-eight percent of the mothers met diagnostic criteria of ASD at 7 to 10 days after birth, and at 1 month after birth ASD symptoms persisted. The majority of the mothers described premature birth as a traumatic stressor. The most commonly met criteria were dissociation and anxiety. Significant symptoms of depression were found in 43% of mothers and persisted 1 month after birth. Rates of depression and moderate to severe symptoms of ASD were significantly related in mothers at 1 week and at 1 month after birth.
CONCLUSIONS: : The premature birth experience is traumatic for mothers and may lead to various emotional responses including stress-related symptoms such as depression and/or ASD. Mothers with significant symptoms of depression and those with symptoms of stress seem to be more at risk for developing symptoms of ASD.
Jodi Jubinville; Christine Newburn-Cook; Kathleen Hegadoren; Thierry Lacaze-Masmonteil
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1536-0911     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Neonatal Care     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101125644     Medline TA:  Adv Neonatal Care     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  246-53     Citation Subset:  IM    
Stollery Children's Hospital, Northern Alberta Neonatal Program, Royal Alexandra Hospital (Ms Jubinville), and Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (Drs Newburn-Cook and Hegadoren); and Ottawa Hospital and Neonatology, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Dr Lacaze-Masmonteil).
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