Effectiveness of a modified mother–infant transaction program on outcomes for preterm infants from 3 to 24 months of age

Newnham, Carol, Milgrom, Jeannette and Skouteris, Helen 2009, Effectiveness of a modified mother–infant transaction program on outcomes for preterm infants from 3 to 24 months of age, Infant behavior and development, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 17-26.

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Title Effectiveness of a modified mother–infant transaction program on outcomes for preterm infants from 3 to 24 months of age
Author(s) Newnham, Carol
Milgrom, Jeannette
Skouteris, Helen
Journal name Infant behavior and development
Volume number 32
Issue number 1
Start page 17
End page 26
Total pages 10
Publisher Ablex Pub. Corp
Place of publication Norwood, N.J.
Publication date 2009-01
ISSN 0163-6383
1934-8800
Keyword(s) preterm infant
mother–infant interaction
temperament
infant development
Summary Mothers of hospitalised preterm infants were randomised into an intervention or control condition. Intervention mothers received a modified Mother–Infant Transaction Program over seven sessions prior to infant discharge and two sessions over the next 3 months. Infant temperament, mother–infant interaction and parenting stress were assessed at 3 and 6 months and infant development was measured by parental report at 24 months. Intervention compared with control dyads showed enhanced mother–infant interactions, infants were temperamentally more “approaching” and “easier”, had fewer regulatory problems (colic, sleep, excessive crying), and had more developed communication skills, while mothers were less stressed by their infant at 3 months. These early gains in the development of preterm infants and in the relationship with and adjustment of their mothers, may explain the process by which intervention infants in the original study showed increasing cognitive advantages to 9 years of age [Rauh, V. A., Nurcombe, B., Achenbach, T., & Howell, C. (1990). The mother–infant transaction program. Clinical Perinatology, 17, 31–45].
Language eng
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio Economic Objective 920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier
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