Mothers' Depressed Mood and Anxiety Levels Are Reduced After Massaging Their Preterm Infants
Preterm Infants, Mothers, Massage, Depression, Anxiety
Infant Behavior and Development
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.
Valley-Gray, S. A.,
(2006). Mothers' Depressed Mood and Anxiety Levels Are Reduced After Massaging Their Preterm Infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 29(3), 476-480.
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