Infant Mental Health Intervention for Preterm Infants in Japan: Promotions of Maternal Mental Health, Mother-Infant Interactions, and Social Support by Providing Continuous Home Visits until the Corrected Infant Age of 12 Months

Yukiko Cho, Taiko Hirose, Naoko Tomita, Sonoko Shirakawa, Kimiko Murase, Keiko Komoto, Michie Nagayoshi, Motoko Okamitsu, Takahide Omori

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The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of the Japanese Infant Mental Health Program (JIMHP) for preterm mother-infant dyads until the infants reached 12 months of corrected age. Mothers in the JIMHP group (n = 26) received one hospital visit in addition to standard care in the Growing Care Unit (GCU) and five home visits based on the principles of infant mental health (IMH) after discharge from the hospital, until the infant reached 12 months of corrected age. In contrast, mothers in the control program group (n = 40) received standard care in the GCU and three conventional home visits during the same period. The dyads were then compared across groups, revealing that the JIMHP dyads showed less maternal depressive symptoms, better maternal interaction, increased social support by medical workers and healthcare professionals, a high persistence rate for attending the program, and a more positive perception toward the program (p < .05). However, there were no significant differences in the impact of parenting stress or in child development. These results are discussed in terms of their significance and the practical/clinical availability of IMH principles and the JIMHP as a new support model for preterm infants in Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-59
Number of pages13
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan

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Mother-Child Relations
House Calls
Premature Infants
Social Support
Mental Health
Japan
Mothers
Parenting
Child Development
Infant Health
Maternal Health
Depression
Delivery of Health Care
Control Groups

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Infant Mental Health Intervention for Preterm Infants in Japan : Promotions of Maternal Mental Health, Mother-Infant Interactions, and Social Support by Providing Continuous Home Visits until the Corrected Infant Age of 12 Months. / Cho, Yukiko; Hirose, Taiko; Tomita, Naoko; Shirakawa, Sonoko; Murase, Kimiko; Komoto, Keiko; Nagayoshi, Michie; Okamitsu, Motoko; Omori, Takahide.

In: Infant Mental Health Journal, Vol. 34, No. 1, 01.2013, p. 47-59.

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