The effect of formal, neonatal communication-intervention training on mothers in kangaroo care

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dc.contributor.author Kritzinger, Alta M. (Aletta Margaretha)
dc.contributor.author Van Rooyen, Elise
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-26T06:58:02Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-26T06:58:02Z
dc.date.issued 2014-11-06
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Due to low-birth-weight, preterm birth, HIV and/or AIDS and poverty-related factors, South Africa presents with an increased prevalence of infants at risk of language delay. A Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) unit offers unique opportunities for training. AIM: The aim of the present study was to determine if formal, neonatal communication-intervention training had an effect on mothers' knowledge and communication interaction with their high-risk infants. METHODS: Three groups of mothers participated: Group 1 was trained whilst practicing KMC; Group 2 was not trained but practiced KMC; and Group 3 was also not trained but practiced sporadic KMC. Ten mothers per group were matched for age, education level and birth order of their infants. The individual training was based on graded sensory stimulation and responsive mother-infant communication interaction, which emphasised talking and singing by the mother. RESULTS: Significant differences were found in mother-infant communication interaction between all three groups, which indicated a positive effect on Group 1 with training. Group 2, KMC without training, also had a positive effect on interaction. However, Group 1 mothers with training demonstrated better knowledge of their infants and were more responsive during interaction than the other two groups. CONCLUSION: The present study suggests that neonatal communication-intervention training adds value to a KMC programme. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian tm2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.phcfm.org en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Kritzinger A. Van Rooyen E. The effect of formal, neonatal communication-intervention training on mothers in kangaroo care. Afr J Prm Health Care Fam Med. 2014;6(1), Art. #675, 9 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v6i1.675 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2071-2928
dc.identifier.issn 2071-2936 (Online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/phcfm.v6i1.675
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/43414
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2014. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Low-birth-weight en_ZA
dc.subject Mother-infant communication interaction en_ZA
dc.subject Neonatal communication-intervention training en_ZA
dc.subject Kangaroo mother care (KMC) en_ZA
dc.title The effect of formal, neonatal communication-intervention training on mothers in kangaroo care en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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