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Improving child and family outcomes following complicated births requiring admission to neonatal intensive care units

Phillips, Sarah J. and Tooley, Greg 2005, Improving child and family outcomes following complicated births requiring admission to neonatal intensive care units, Sexual and relationship therapy, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 431-442, doi: 10.1080/14681990500186266.

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Title Improving child and family outcomes following complicated births requiring admission to neonatal intensive care units
Author(s) Phillips, Sarah J.
Tooley, GregORCID iD for Tooley, Greg orcid.org/0000-0003-0191-3285
Journal name Sexual and relationship therapy
Volume number 20
Issue number 4
Start page 431
End page 442
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2005-11
ISSN 1468-1994
1468-1749
Keyword(s) neonate
complicated birth
neonatal intensive care unit
nuclear family
attachment
Summary This paper reviews current research regarding the impact of birth complications, such as preterm labour, on parents and the nuclear family system. Specifically, how parents cope with the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) experience and the associated decision-making tasks required during complicated births will be investigated. Consequences of poor adaptation to prematurity for the parent, family and infant relationships will also be discussed. The importance of informed decision-making, perceived control, self-esteem and the benefits of certain strategies, such as kangaroo care (skin-to-skin contact), in the facilitation of greater levels of attachment and improved relationships, will be highlighted. The paper concludes with suggestions for future research areas to focus on finding better ways to prepare and support parents in these situations, thus improving the quality of relationships between parents and with their child.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14681990500186266
Field of Research 111707 Family Care
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003383

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