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Social Regulation of the Stress Response in the Transitional Newborn: A Pilot Study
Journal of Pediatric Nursing
  • Cynthia Anderson Elverson, South Dakota State University
  • Margaret E. Wilson, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Melody A. Hertzog, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Jeffrey A. French, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
6-1-2011
Abstract
The purpose of the study was to explore relationships between caregiver holding and feeding behaviors and the transitional newborn infant’s cortisol response. Behaviors of 46 mothers, fathers, and their term transitional newborn infants were measured with the Index of Mother-Infant Separation (IMIS). Repeated measures of infant salivary cortisol were used to calculate area under the curve. A higher percentage of observations in which mother was holding infant was related to lower infant total cortisol during the first 6 hours after birth (r = −.24, p = .05, one-tailed).
DOI of Published Version
10.1016/j.pedn.2011.01.029
Publisher
Elsevier
Citation Information
Cynthia Anderson Elverson, Margaret E. Wilson, Melody A. Hertzog and Jeffrey A. French. "Social Regulation of the Stress Response in the Transitional Newborn: A Pilot Study" Journal of Pediatric Nursing Vol. 27 Iss. 3 (2011) p. 214
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/cynthia-elverson/3/