Valentina Morsan, Maria A. Tallandini

Assisted reproductive technologies and preterm birth: Psychological correlates in mothers and mother-child interaction during feeding (3 months)

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Keywords: Assisted reproductive technologies, mother-child relationship, infertility, preterm children.

In this study we investigated if Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) could Influence emotional state in mothers of preterm babies. We also focused on the impact of ART on mother-child interaction at 3 months (corrected age). The participants were 14 mothers ART and 30 mothers NON-ART with their children (31 ART, 38 NON-ART). The data were collected at birth (Time 1) and at the infant's 3 months - corrected age (Time 2). In both cases (Time 1, Time 2) moth- ers completed Beck Anxiety Inventory, Beck Depression Inventory and Parenting Stess Index/Short Form. At Time 2 mother-child interaction was videotaped during feeding and then the videos were rated with the Nursing Child Assessment Feeding Scale (NCAFS). The comparison of ART mothers with NON-ART mothers showed no group differences on measures of anxiety, depression and parental distress. The NCAFS revealed better mother-child interaction in the ART dyads; in particular ART mothers were more prone to promote socio-emotional and cognitive growth in their children than NON-ART mothers.

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