Parenting stress in post-natal mothers of children born less than 32 weeks gestation

Pritchard, M. A., Colditz, P. B. and Scott, J. (2008). Parenting stress in post-natal mothers of children born less than 32 weeks gestation. In: Second Congress of the European Academy of Paediatrics, Nice, France, (n11-n11). October 24-28 2008.

Author Pritchard, M. A.
Colditz, P. B.
Scott, J.
Title of paper Parenting stress in post-natal mothers of children born less than 32 weeks gestation
Conference name Second Congress of the European Academy of Paediatrics
Conference location Nice, France
Conference dates October 24-28 2008
Journal name Archives of Disease in Childhood   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BMJ Group
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Published abstract
ISSN 1468-2044
0003-9888
Volume 93
Issue Supp. 2
Start page n11
End page n11
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Aim: We investigated if maternal report of postnatal depression (PND) is associated with parenting stress in children born at less than 32 weeks gestation during their first year.

Methods: 158 mother–child pairs were administered questionnaires for maternal demographics, health characteristics, depression using the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale (EPDS) and parenting stressors using the parental stress index–short form (PSI-SF) during their child’s first 12 months of life as part of a randomised controlled trial (Pritchard MA. J Paediatr Child Health 2008). A PND variable based on a score of >12 on the EPDS was used to examine PND at 1.5, 4, 8 and 12 months by PSI-SF scores and other measured correlates using x2. We performed a logistic regression analysis for PND.

Results:
PND was 17% (27/158) at 6 weeks, 9% (14/158) at 4 months, 6% (10/158) at 8 and 12 months. 41/158 (26%) women experience PND during the 12 months. Of these women, 17/41 (42%) scored >12 EPDS at multiple time points and 13/41 (32%) experienced their first episode after 4 months. High EPDS scores were associated with gestation and a range of maternal health characteristics and high levels of parental stress at various time points. However, only maternal perception of PND, poor health, social support and male child independently predicted parenting stress in depressed mothers.

Conclusions: Mothers of children born at less than 32 weeks gestation with EPDS >12 have an increased risk of parenting stress. Parenting interventions that include social support interventions should be tested for their ability to prevent or alleviate this risk.
Subjects 111403 Paediatrics
1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
Keyword Parenting stress
32 weeks gestation
Preterm birth
Post-natal mothers
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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