Post-traumatic stress symptoms in mothers of very low birth weight infants 2-3 years post-partum

Åhlund, Susanne, Clarke, Paul, Hill, Julia and Thalange, Nandu K. S. (2009) Post-traumatic stress symptoms in mothers of very low birth weight infants 2-3 years post-partum. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 12 (4). pp. 261-264. ISSN 1434-1816

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Abstract

We examined symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in mothers of very low birth weight (VLBW) infants 2-3 years post-partum, compared with mothers of term, normal weight infants. Mothers were asked to report current symptoms relating specifically to the birth of their infant using The Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R). Mothers of VLBW infants recorded significantly higher levels of PTSD symptoms overall (median scores: VLBW 25 [range 2-82], versus controls: 0 [range 0-5], P∈<∈0.001), and in all sub-categories (p∈<∈0.001). These findings suggest that mothers of VLBW infants have a relatively high prevalence of symptoms of PTSD at 2-3 years postnatal.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: anxiety,depression,extremely low birth weight (elbw),neonatal intensive care unit (nicu),post-traumatic growth,obstetrics and gynaecology,psychiatry and mental health ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2729
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Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2020 23:59
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2020 01:45
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/77342
DOI: 10.1007/s00737-009-0067-4

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