College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Mothers' Depressed Mood and Anxiety Levels Are Reduced After Massaging Their Preterm Infants

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2006

Keywords

Preterm Infants, Mothers, Massage, Depression, Anxiety

Publication Title

Infant Behavior and Development

ISSN

0163-6383

Volume

29

Issue/No.

3

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.

DOI

10.1016/j.infbeh.2006.02.003

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