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.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)47-59
ページ数13
ジャーナルInfant Mental Health Journal
34
1
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2013 1月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 小児科学、周産期医学および子どもの健康
  • 発達心理学および教育心理学
  • 精神医学および精神衛生

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