Assessment of parent-child interaction in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Edward J Callahan, William S. Brasted, Sharon A. Hamilton

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Technological advances in critical care for dangerously preterm infants have resulted in a great reduction in mortality for this group. At the same time, this success increases concerns that the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) environment may hamper parent-infant "bonding" and thus increase later chances of abuse and neglect. With the advent of studies suggesting that infants in NICUs are at increased risk for later abuse, assessment of parent-infant interaction may help identify those infants at greatest risk. While researchers have used direct observation to assess parent-infant interaction, this technology is only rarely employed in NICU's. Instead, most assessments of parents at risk are done by nurses' ratings. The purpose of this study was to compare direct observations, nurses ratings, and parent ratings of critical parent-infant interaction variables to determine their validity and reliability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-347
Number of pages15
JournalBehavioral Assessment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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