Effects of early hospital-based intervention on mothers and their preterm infants

Dorit Bustan, Abraham Sagi

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Mothers of eight Israeli preterm infants were exposed to a standardized but individualized intervention during their stay in the hospital and before their infants were discharged. Mothers and infants in the intervention group were compared to eight control subjects using various outcome measures. While the intervention did not affect maternal personal attitudes and feelings, it positively affected the mother-infant interactions and mothers' perceptions of their infants. The importance of individualized interventions with parents of preterm infants is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-317
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Developmental Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1984

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
*This research was supported by the Yael Anna Foundation for Child Development Research, Haifa. Based on the first author’s thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the M.A. degree, Department of Psychology, University of Haifa. The second author supervised that project and wrote the present manuscript. The authors are grateful to Anna Berger, Yochanan Eshel, and Pnina Mor for their support and cooperation in all phases of the study. Michael Lamb’s and two anonymous reviewers’ editorial comments are deeply appreciated. Correspondence and requests for reprints should be addressed to Dr. Sagi, School of Social Work, University of Haifa, Haifa 31 999, Israel.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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