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CARBONELL, OLGA ALICIA et al. Quality of Maternal Care: A Comparison of Preterm Infants in Kangaroo Mother Care and Full-Term Infants in Regular Care. Univ. Psychol. [online]. 2010, vol.9, n.3, pp. 773-785. ISSN 1657-9267.
The purpose of this study was to examine the potential impact of an intervention program (Kangaroo Mother Care, KMC) on maternal sensitivity in a sample of high-risk adolescent mothers. Two mother-infant groups were compared: adolescent mothers with their preterm baby in kangaroo care and adolescent mothers with their full-term baby in regular care. Naturalistic observations at the home environment were conducted to assess maternal quality of care. No significant differences were found between both groups of dyads. Results are in line with the notion that KMC seems to play a protective role for adolescent mothers and their premature babies, given the additional risk factor of prematurity when compared to the full term group. These preliminary findings are stimulating and support further inquiry into the effects of KMC on maternal sensitivity particularly in high-risk populations.
Keywords : Maternal Sensitivity; Prematurity; Adolescent Pregnancy; Kangaroo Mother Method; Teenage Pregnancy; Mother-Child Relations.