Mothers' depressed mood and anxiety levels are reduced after massaging their preterm infants

Larissa Feijó, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Tiffany Field, William Burns, Sarah Valley-Gray, Edward Simco

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)476-480
Number of pages5
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Massage
  • Mothers
  • Preterm infants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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