ERIC Number: ED165077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Self-Help Groups in a Premature Nursery: A Controlled Evaluation.
Minde, K.; And Others
A preventive intervention program based on self-help groups for parents reinforced by the involvement of veteran parents, those who had a premature infant during the past 12 months, and professionals to provide support and information was evaluated. Sets of randomly selected parents (N=35) met weekly in a small group of four to six couples during the first six months of their premature infant's life with the veteran mother and an experienced neonatal nurse. Other couples (N=35) receiving routine care served as a control group. Group parents exhibited a very positive response and high attendance. Group and control parents were compared on: (1) number and duration of hospital visits and telephone calls to the nursery; (2) a psychiatric interview assessing parenting ability; (3) objective ratings and parental attitudes towards hospitalization and their caretaking role; and (4) direct observation of parents and infants during parental nursery visits and during the first three months at home. Preliminary results indicate that group parents make more hospital visits, call to inquire about their infants more, and are more comfortable in their caretaking role. (Author)
Descriptors: Child Care, Group Counseling, Interaction Process Analysis, Intervention, Nurses, Parent Child Relationship, Parents, Premature Infants, Program Evaluation, Research Projects, Self Help Programs
K. Minde, Department of Psychiatry, The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Ave., Toronto, Ont., Canada M5G 1X8
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Laidlaw Foundation, Peoria, IL.; Department of National Health and Welfare, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association (55th, San Francisco, California, March 27-31, 1978)