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Psychosomatics. 2006 May-Jun;47(3):206-12.

Acute stress disorder among parents of infants in the neonatal intensive care nursery.

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, 401 Quarry Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94305-5719, USA. rjshaw@Stanford.edu

Abstract

The authors examined the prevalence of acute stress disorder (ASD) in parents of infants hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Forty parents were assessed after the birth of their infants. Parents completed self-report measures of ASD, parental stress, family environment, and coping style: 28% of parents developed symptoms of ASD. ASD was associated with female gender, alteration in parental role, family cohesiveness, and emotional restraint. Family environment and parental coping style are significantly associated with the development of trauma symptoms. Results from this study suggest potential interventions to help minimize psychological distress in parents.

PMID:
16684937
DOI:
10.1176/appi.psy.47.3.206
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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