Stress in fathers of premature newborns admitted in a neonatal intensive care unit Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • OBJECTIVE: To study stress in fathers of preterm infants admitted in a neonatal intensive care unit. METHODS: Questionnaire-based study. Questionnaire included domains on infants health, maternal illness, staff behavior, parental role, home affairs and finances. Eligible fathers were repeatedly interviewed on day 7 (n=80), day 17 (n=59) and day 27 (n=28). Raw and standardized stress scores were calculated. RESULTS: Financial burden was the main stressor at all times. Stress related to staff behavior and altered parental role reduced with time. Birthweight and fathers age, occupation and education independently predicted stress. CONCLUSION: Fathers of preterm infants admitted in hospital are stressed, primarily due to financial burden.

authors

  • Dutta, Sourabh
  • Mahajan, Rama
  • Agrawal, Sunil K
  • Nehra, Ritu
  • Narang, Anil

publication date

  • April 2016