Mothers' assessments of term and pre-term infants with respiratory distress syndrome: Reliability and predictive validity

Tiffany M. Field, Norma F. Hallock, Jean R. Dempsey, H. H. Shuman

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Abstract

Assessments of term and preterm RDS infants were made by mothers on an adaptation of the Brazelton scale. The mothers' assessments were not significantly different from those assessments made by trained clinicians, and both mothers and clinicians assigned less optimal ratings to the preterm infants. These ratings were correlated with Bayley motor scores at eight months. Mothers' assessments of infant temperament were made at four and eight months. These temperament ratings were significantly correlated with each other and with clinicians' ratings on the Brazelton neonatal and eight-month Bayley Scales. These findings suggest that mothers' assessments are reliable and have some predictive validity during early infancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-85
Number of pages11
JournalChild Psychiatry & Human Development
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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