Parenting the prematurely born child: pathways of influence

Semin Perinatol. 1997 Jun;21(3):254-66. doi: 10.1016/s0146-0005(97)80067-5.


Recognizing the importance of parents in the lives of preterm infants, investigators and clinicians have increasingly focused on the needs of parents during the period when their infant is hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit and the impact of this experience on their subsequent parenting. The purpose of this report is to summarize research findings from over two decades of research, present a framework for understanding the various influences on parents of prematurely-born children, and suggest clinical interventions that are important in helping parents both in the hospital and after discharge.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Affective Symptoms
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature*
  • Intensive Care, Neonatal*
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Parenting / psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological