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Testing a family intervention hypothesis: the contribution of mother-infant skin-to-skin contact (kangaroo care) to family interaction, proximity, and touch.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12666466     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The provision of maternal-infant body contact during a period of maternal separation was examined for its effects on parent-infant and triadic interactions. Participants were 146 three-month-old preterm infants and their parents, half of whom received skin-to-skin contact, or kangaroo care (KC), in the neonatal nursery. Global relational style and micro-patterns of proximity and touch were coded. Following KC, mothers and fathers were more sensitive and less intrusive, infants showed less negative affect, and family style was more cohesive. Among KC families, maternal and paternal affectionate touch of infant and spouse was more frequent, spouses remained in closer proximity, and infant proximity position was conducive to mutual gaze and touch during triadic play. The role of touch as a constituent of the co-regulatory parent-infant and triadic systems and the effects of maternal contact on mothering, co-parenting, and family processes are discussed.
Ruth Feldman; Aron Weller; Lea Sirota; Arthur I Eidelman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43)     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0893-3200     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Psychol     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-04-01     Completed Date:  2003-06-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8802265     Medline TA:  J Fam Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  94-107     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel 52900.
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MeSH Terms
Family Relations*
Family Therapy*
Father-Child Relations
Infant Care / psychology
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature / psychology*
Marriage / psychology
Mother-Child Relations*
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