Factors Influencing Stress among Mothers of Preterm Infant Hospitalized in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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Paichit Amsri
Wannee Deoisres
Wantana Suppaseemanont3



          This study aimed to examine level of stress and identify influencing factors of maternal stress which included nursing support, preterm birth weight, delivery type, and experience of having premature birth. A convenience sample of 90 mothers with preterm infant hospitalized in neonatal intensive care unit, Roi-Et regional hospital, was recruited. Data were carried out from March to May 2018. Research instruments included a demographic questionnaire, a medical record form, the Nurse Parent Support tool, and the Parental Stressor Scale. Descriptive statistics and standard multiple regression analysis were employed to analyze the data.

Results showed the mean score of overall maternal stress was 69.12 (SD = 11.57), where 68% of the mothers reported high level of stress. All predictors accounted for 44.2% of variance prediction in maternal stress. Only preterm birth weight (β = -0.61) and emergency caesarean section (β = .27) were significantly predicted. NICU nurses can discourse these concerns and emotional state with empathetic information skills and being mindful of the importance of involving the mothers as much as possible in their preterm care.


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