A telephone intervention to reduce fatigue and symptom distress in mothers with difficult infants in the community

J Adv Nurs. 1999 Jan;29(1):128-37. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1999.00872.x.


The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of a telephone intervention to reduce fatigue and the resulting symptom distress of mothers in Iceland who reported having a behaviourally difficult infant of 2-3 months of age. A sample of 78 mothers who reached distress criteria of depressive symptoms and parental stress was selected and randomly allocated in a controlled experimental study. In a brief intervention both maternal distress and infant difficulty were discussed. Results indicate a significant (P < 0.001) intervention effect on fatigue and its side-effects. It is concluded that intervention by telephone can be effective with fatigued mothers caring for a difficult infant.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Fatigue / nursing*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Iceland
  • Infant
  • Infant Behavior
  • Mothers / psychology
  • Postnatal Care / methods*
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Stress, Psychological / nursing*
  • Telephone*