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ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2012 Jul-Sep;35(3):E23-41. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3182626115.

Caregiving motivations and developmentally prompted transition for mothers of prematurely born infants.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. kpridham@wisc.edu

Abstract

Parenting transition is a process prompted by infant developmental changes and may be defined by motivations for caregiving and the goals they indicate. Qualitative exploration of neonatal and 1-year feeding experience of 22 mothers of very-low-birth-weight infants revealed 3 types of caregiving-related motivations-nurturing, relating, and shaping quality of life. The clusters of motivations differed between ages and across mothers, suggesting transition in parenting reflective of both infant development and maternal goals. Study with a larger sample is needed to examine change in caregiving motivations and their function in characterizing parenting transitions.

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22869216
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10.1097/ANS.0b013e3182626115
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