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Patient Educ Couns. 1998 Feb;33(2):149-59.

Journal writing as a social support strategy for parents of premature infants: a pilot study.

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British Columbia's Children's Hospital, Vancouver, Canada. amacnab@wpog.childhosp.bc.ca

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Having a premature baby is acknowledged to be stressful to parents. Journal writing combines practical, emotional and informational support that may be useful to these parents.

METHODS:

We conducted a study to assess the potential for promoting journal-writing for parents receiving social support in a special care nursery (SCN). Parents were provided with educational material on journal writing, and subsequently surveyed concerning their journal-writing during their child's hospitalization.

RESULTS:

Of the 73 parents enrolled, 32% kept a journal; of these, 73% felt it helped considerably in reducing stress, and 68% used it as a means of addressing the most stressful elements of their nursery experience. Journals were used primarily to document involvement in care (45%), record-keeping (36%), and organization of thoughts (27%). All of those who kept a journal recommended it for use by other parents.

CONCLUSIONS:

Encouraging parents to keep a journal is a constructive way of dealing with the SCN-related stress.

PMID:
9732655
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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