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Title:Stress and coping of parents of hospitalized premature infants
Author(s):Hughes, Mary-alayne Lott
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):McCollum, Jeanette A.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Health Sciences, Mental Health
Social Work
Education, Special
Psychology, Developmental
Abstract:Utilizing a semi-structured interview derived from Lazarus and Folkman's (1984) phenomenological model of stress and coping, 32 mothers and 25 fathers identified stressors associated with having a low birthweight, premature infant hospitalized in a newborn intensive care unit (NICU). From this list of stressors, parents chose the most stressful, rated the extent to which they felt they had control, reported what they did to cope, and completed the Ways of Coping Questionnaire (Folkman & Lazarus, 1988). The results showed that parents identified stressors both within the NICU environment and in several contexts (e.g., family, work) outside of the NICU. In addition, parents used several types of coping strategies including social support and problem solving. However, results also indicated that the NICU experience was qualitatively different for mothers and fathers. Implications for helping professionals and considerations for future research are discussed.
Issue Date:1992
Rights Information:Copyright 1992 Hughes, Mary-alayne Lott
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9215830
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9215830

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