ERIC Number: ED221292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-May
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The Effects of Prematurity and Illness on Parents' Perceptions of Their Infants.
Danko, Maribeth; And Others
Part of a larger study investigating the longitudinal effects of prematurity, illness, and hospitalization, this study focuses on parent perceptions of their infants at 2, 4, and 6 months of age, with age being corrected for conceptional age at birth. It was hypothesized that neonatal condition and age of infant at the time of measurement would affect parents' perceptions of their child. Four groups of infants were included in the study: (1) 17 pre-term infants whose gestational ages were less than 36 weeks and who experienced prolonged hospitalization after birth, (2) 12 full-term infants who were diagnosed at birth as having some type of illness and hence also experienced prolonged hospitalization, (3) 8 full-term healthy infants who were hospitalized for up to 8 days as a result of their mothers having an infection, and (4) 16 full-term healthy control infants. At each age following birth, a questionnaire modeled after a measure employing a 7-point semantic differential scale was completed; parents rated their baby and an average baby of the same age along 10 items, such as calm versus excitable, strong versus weak, happy versus unhappy, and so on. Results are discussed. In general, high-risk infants were perceived as being different from the healthy control infants, and these differences persisted through 6 months of age. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Washington, DC.
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