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Journal of The Korean Society of Maternal and Child Health 2013;17(2):215-226.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21896/jksmch.2013.17.2.215    Published online July 31, 2013.
Effect of Kangaroo Care on Mental and Motor Development in Premature Infant and Maternal Role Confidence
신화진1, 박인숙2
1포항대학교
2충남대학교
캉가루식 돌보기가 미숙아의 지능·운동발달 및 어머니 역할수행 자신감에 미치는 효과
신화진1, 박인숙2
1포항대학교
2충남대학교
Abstract
Objectives
This study was done to verify the Kangaroo Care program on mental and motor development in premature infant and maternal role confidence.
Methods
Subjects were of 26 weeks in gestational age, of 700 g in birth weight, for which matching method was used. As for experimental group of 7 couples of infant and mother, Kangaroo Care was applied 10 times in 3 weeks, while control group of another 7 couples was not applied of Kangaroo Care. Also, Kangaroo Care was conducted at home for experimental group until 4months of corrected age after discharge. Self reported questionaire was used for confidence of maternal role, Mental Developmental Index (MDI) and Psychomotor Developmental Index (PDI)were evaluated using Bayley Scale of Infant Development (II).
Results
There was significant difference over the mental development of preterm infants (Z=-3.15, p=.002), confidence of maternal role (Z=-2.26, p=.024) between two groups. There was no significant difference over the motor development of preterm infants between two groups.
Conclusions
It was confirmed that Kangaroo Care program has effects to the mental development of premature infants and confidence of maternal role. It is highly recommended to practice Kangaroo Care in nursery for promotion of maternal role confidence as well as facilitating development of premature infants.
Key Words: premature infant, kangaroo care, mental development, motor development, maternal role


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