An Intervention Program for Mothers of Low-Birthweight Infants: Preliminary Results

BARRY NURCOMBE, DAVID C. HOWELL, VIRGINIA A. RAUH, DOUGLAS M. TETI, PAUL RUOFF, JOHN BRENNAN

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Abstract

Mothers of low-birthweight babies born at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont during a 21-month period were randomly assigned to experimental (N = 34) and control (N = 40) groups. Forty-one normal-birthweight controls were also recruited. Experimental mothers received an 11-session intervention program which emphasized maternal sensitivity and responsiveness to infant social signals. This paper analyzes the impact of the program, by 6 months, on maternal adaptation and psychopathology, and on infant cognitive development and temperament.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-325
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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