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J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2010 Nov;51(11):1287-95. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2010.02237.x.

The effect of the Infant Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Program on mother-infant interaction after very preterm birth.

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Pediatric Psychology, Tilburg University, The Netherlands. d.e.meijssen@amc.uva.nl

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Prematurity and perinatal insults lead to increased developmental vulnerability. The home-based Infant Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Program (IBAIP) was designed to improve development of preterm infants. In a multicenter randomized controlled trial the effect of IBAIP on mother-infant interaction was studied as a secondary outcome.

METHOD:

Mother-infant interaction was assessed during the Still-face procedure at 6 months corrected age. One hundred and twelve mother-infant dyads (57 intervention, 55 control) were studied.

RESULTS:

Findings partially supported our hypothesis that the intervention would increase maternal sensitivity in interaction with their preterm infants. No effects were found on infant self-regulatory behavior or positive interaction behavior.

CONCLUSION:

  The family-centered and strength-based approach of IBAIP appears to be a promising intervention method to promote sensitive mother-infant interaction at home after discharge from hospital. However, no positive effects were found on infant interaction behavior.

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