Mother-infant interactions of medically fragile infants and non-chronically ill premature infants.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

At 6 months corrected for prematurity, 41 medically fragile prematures, 20 medically fragile full-terms, and 28 prematures without chronic illnesses were observed interacting with their mothers for 1 hr. Mothers of non-chronically ill prematures gestured to and touched their infants less, were uninvolved with them for a longer time, and spent less time interacting and looking at their infants than did mothers of medically fragile infants. Medically fragile full-terms slept more than the non-chronically ill prematures. The non-chronically ill premature group played with objects more and exhibited more locomotion. Thus, the non-chronically ill prematures had more mature behaviors but less frequent interactions than did the medically fragile infants. These disparities reflect differences both in the infants' functional maturity and in maternal compensation for infant vulnerability.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Holditch-Davis, D; Cox, MF; Miles, MS; Belyea, M

Published Date

  • August 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 300 - 311

PubMed ID

  • 12884418

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-240X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0160-6891

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/nur.10095


  • eng