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Korean Journal of Child Health Nursing 2004;10(3):340-349.
The Effects of the Integrated NICU Hospitalization Education on Maternal Attachment, Maternal Self-Esteem, and Postpartum Depression in the Mothers of High-Risk Infants.
Young Mee Ahn, Sang Mi Lee
1Inha University, Department of Nursing, Korea. aym@inha.ac.kr
2Inha University Medical Center, NICU, Korea.
PURPOSE: The quasi-experimental study was conducted to investigate the effects of the integrated NICU hospitalization education on maternal attachment, maternal self-esteem, and EPDS in the 26 mothers of high-risk infants(HRI). METHOD: The subjects were divided into the experimental group to received the integrated NICU hospitalization education included the enforced direct education of NICU and HRI to the mothers using a booklet and the provision of the neomaternal exposure as soon as possible after delivery. The control group received the routine education of the NICU hospitalization, mostly including the admission process and the NICU rules delivering to the husband. The research variables were maternal attachment, maternal self-esteem, and EPDS. RESULTS: The results showed the increases in these variables after the integrated education in experimental group compared to the control group. CONCLUSION: It supports the benefits of the early direct NICU education and the neomaternal exposures on maternal adaptation process in the mothers of HRI.
Key words: NICU; High-risk infants; Maternal attachment; Maternal self-esteem; EPDS
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