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Title: Attachment behaviors in mothers of premature infants: A descriptive study in Thai mothers
Authors: Fongcum Tilokskulchai
Sopida Phatthanasiriwethin
Kannikar Vichitsukon
Yaowalak Serisathien
Mahidol University
Keywords: Nursing
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2002
Citation: Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing. Vol.16, No.3 (2002), 69-83
Abstract: Prematurity and the associated maternal-infant separation after birth can affect the attachment process. The role of nurses in facilitating the process of attachment should be based on an understanding of these behaviors. This descriptive study explored the attachment behaviors demonstrated by mothers during their first visit with their premature infant in the neonatal care unit. The results revealed that all mothers demonstrated most attachment behaviors (ie, inspection, facial expression, touching, verbal expression, and eye-to-eye contact) except holding during their first visit. However, some mothers spent little time with their infant. The findings suggest that nurses should encourage mothers to interact with their infants in order to enhance maternal-infant attachment.
ISSN: 08932190
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2001-2005

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