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Mothers' Depressed Mood and Anxiety Levels Are Reduced After Massaging Their Preterm Infants
Infant Behavior and Development
  • Larissa Feijo, Touch Research Institutes
  • Maria Hernandez-Reif, Touch Research Institutes
  • Tiffany Field, Touch Research Institutes
  • William Burns, Nova Southeastern University
  • Sarah A Valley-Gray, Nova Southeastern University
  • Edward Simco, Nova Southeastern University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
7-1-2006
Keywords
  • Preterm Infants,
  • Mothers,
  • Massage,
  • Depression,
  • Anxiety
Disciplines
Peer Reviewed
1
Abstract

Forty mothers whose preterm infants were about to be discharged from the Neonatal Intermediate Care Nursery (NICU) were randomly assigned to two groups: the first group of mothers conducted preterm infant massage and the second group only observed their preterm infants receiving massage. Both groups of mothers had lower depressed mood scores following the session. However, only the group who massaged their infants had lower anxiety scores after the session.

DOI
10.1016/j.infbeh.2006.02.003
Citation Information
Larissa Feijo, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Tiffany Field, William Burns, et al.. "Mothers' Depressed Mood and Anxiety Levels Are Reduced After Massaging Their Preterm Infants" Infant Behavior and Development Vol. 29 Iss. 3 (2006) p. 476 - 480 ISSN: 0163-6383
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sarah-valley-gray/98/