Post-traumatic symptomatology in parents with premature infants: a systematic review of the literature.

Karatzias, Thanos, Chouliara, Zoë, Maxton, Fiona, Freer, Yvonne and Power, Kevin (2007) Post-traumatic symptomatology in parents with premature infants: a systematic review of the literature. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health,, 21 (3). pp. 249-261.

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The emotional distress resulting from the experience of giving birth to
a preterm infant (gestational age , 37 weeks) and the subsequent neonatal unit
hospitalisation may be a traumatic experience for parents. In the present systematic
literature review, studies on parental posttraumatic symptomatology following birth of
a premature infant were reviewed. A total of 5 studies were identified. All studies
reviewed found that posttraumatic symptomatology is quite common in parents or
primary caregivers of premature infants. However, methodological weaknesses of
relevant studies (e.g. use of convenience samples, lack of pre – delivery assessments)
make it difficult to draw consistent conclusions regarding prevalence of posttraumatic
symptomatology in this population group or whether the experience of a premature birth
could be responsible for the development of PTSD. Directions for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: pppj-21-03-04.3d
Uncontrolled Keywords: premature infants, PTSD; post – traumatic symptomatology; literature review;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 616 Diseases > 616.8 Nervous & mental disorders
Library of Congress Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Item ID: 3665
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2010 11:43
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 10:28

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