ERIC Number: ED343669
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Mothers' Retrospections of Premature Childbirth.
Kalmar, Magda; And Others
This study examined Hungarian mothers' recollections, 8 years after the birth of their premature baby, of their stress at the time of the baby's birth. Interviews were conducted with 30 mothers whose babies had been born between 30 and 37 weeks gestational age. At the time of the follow-up, all children had normal IQs and were attending normal schools. Results indicated that more than half the mothers described their emotional state at the time of their infant's birth as considerably distressed. The results were compared to results of an earlier, similar Canadian study. In this study, 10 maternal stress categories were identified, and the sample of babies was divided into well and ill subsamples. Results of the present study differ significantly from results for the Canadian sample as a whole, but correlate with the results for the Canadian well sample, except for the stress category of "worry about developmental prognosis." Results of the current study indicate that maternal stress recollection is related to infants' perinatal risk status, and that high-SES mothers report more stressful memories than low-SES mothers. A list of 26 references is provided. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hungary; Parent Expectations
Note: Paper presented at the Finno-Hungarian Symposium on Child and Family Research (2nd, Budapest, Hungary, 1991). "Single-spaced typescript."