Appraisal, coping and social support as predictors of psychological distress and parenting efficacy in parents of premature infants
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This study examined the relation among how parents appraised the premature birth of their infant, their coping strategies, social support, and psychological well-being and parental efficacy pre- and post discharge of their low-risk premature infant from the hospital. Twenty-five couples completed a survey immediately prior to the discharge of their infant and approximately 3 months later. The strongest relations were among appraisal and both psychological distress and parental efficacy, with post-discharge psychological distress and parental efficacy related most strongly to appraising the situation as challenging with potential for growth pre-discharge. The results suggest that identifying the way parents appraise the situation may be useful for identifying at-risk families and informing interventions to assist families experiencing difficulties.
Children's Health Care
© 2009 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in Children's Health Care Volume 38, Issue 4 October 2009 , pages 245 - 262. Children's Health Care is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology