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Journal of Human Growth and Development

Print version ISSN 0104-1282On-line version ISSN 2175-3598


BRUM, Evanisa Helena Maio de  and  SCHERMANN, Lígia. Intervention to improve the quality of the mother-infant bond in situation of pre-term birth. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2007, vol.17, n.2, pp. 12-23. ISSN 0104-1282.

The present study aimed to evaluate an early preventive intervention to improve the quality of the mother-infant bond in situation of preterm birth. The sample comprised 28 mother-infant pairs. Fourteen pairs participated in the intervention for promotion of quality in the mother-infant bond through a video film (experimental group), and fourteen pairs watched a video on routine care for infants (control group). The videos were watched by the mothers on the 2nd or 3rd day after the infant's birth. One month after the infant's discharge from hospital, an evaluation of the interventions was conducted by observing the mother-infant interaction and by applying the Mother and Baby Scales (MABS). Results did not differentiate the experimental group from the control group in nearly all the evaluations performed. These results suggest that only one intervention using a video film, carried out at the hospital, was not enough to favorably change the quality of the mother-infant bond in the studied population of preterm infants. It is suggested that, for early preventive interventions with preterm infants, a greater frequency of hospital interventions and also inclusion of home interventions are necessary, as well as middle-term cross-sectional follow-ups.

Keywords : Public health; Preterm birth; Intervention; Mother-infant bond.

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