Acute stress disorder among parents of infants in the neonatal intensive care nursery

Richard J. Shaw, Thomas Deblois, Linda Ikuta, Karni Ginzburg, Barry Fleisher, Cheryl Koopman

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Abstract

The authors examined the prevalence of acute stress disorder (ASD) in parents of infants hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Forty parents were assessed after the birth of their infants. Parents completed self-report measures of ASD, parental stress, family environment, and coping style: 28% of parents developed symptoms of ASD. ASD was associated with female gender, alteration in parental role, family cohesiveness, and emotional restraint. Family environment and parental coping style are significantly associated with the development of trauma symptoms. Results from this study suggest potential interventions to help minimize psychological distress in parents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-212
Number of pages7
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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