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An Early Collaborative Intervention Focusing on Parent-Infant Interaction in the Neonatal Period. A Descriptive Study of the Developmental Framework

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Division of Nursing Sciences and Reproductive Health, Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden
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Department of Behavioural Science and Learning, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden
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School of Nursing and Midwifery, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(12), 6656; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126656
Received: 20 May 2021 / Revised: 13 June 2021 / Accepted: 17 June 2021 / Published: 21 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Interventions to Improve Parent-Child Attachment)
Moderate to late preterm infants are at risk of developing problems later in life. To support attachment and infants’ development, high quality parent-infant interaction is important. Parent-infant interaction is known to improve through intervention programs but since no such intervention program is addressed directly to moderate to late preterm infants, a tailor-made intervention was developed. The aim was to describe the rationale, development, framework and practical provision of a new early collaborative intervention program. This study has a descriptive design and the intervention is described using the Template for Intervention Description and Replication. During an intervention-session, the preterm infant’s cues are made visible to the parents as they perform an everyday care-taking procedure. Instant feedback is delivered to give the parents the opportunity to notice, interpret and respond to cues immediately. The infant’s response to the parent’s action is discussed in a dialogue to instantly guide parents´ awareness of the preterm infant’s subtle cues. This study describes a new early collaborative intervention, developed to support interaction between parents and their moderate to late preterm infants starting in the neonatal intensive care unit. Clinical studies evaluating parental experiences as well as the effects of the early intervention are ongoing, ClinicalTrials.gov NCT02034617. View Full-Text
Keywords: behavior; caregivers; descriptive design; early intervention; family health; infant health; infant premature; intensive care neonatal; neonatal nursing; parents behavior; caregivers; descriptive design; early intervention; family health; infant health; infant premature; intensive care neonatal; neonatal nursing; parents
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Helmer, C.S.; Thornberg, U.B.; Mörelius, E. An Early Collaborative Intervention Focusing on Parent-Infant Interaction in the Neonatal Period. A Descriptive Study of the Developmental Framework. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 6656. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126656

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Helmer CS, Thornberg UB, Mörelius E. An Early Collaborative Intervention Focusing on Parent-Infant Interaction in the Neonatal Period. A Descriptive Study of the Developmental Framework. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(12):6656. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126656

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Helmer, Charlotte S., Ulrika B. Thornberg, and Evalotte Mörelius. 2021. "An Early Collaborative Intervention Focusing on Parent-Infant Interaction in the Neonatal Period. A Descriptive Study of the Developmental Framework" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 12: 6656. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126656

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