Journal article

Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Mothers and Fathers of Very Preterm Infants Over the First 2 Years

Carmen C Pace, Peter J Anderson, Katherine J Lee, Alicia J Spittle, Karli Treyvaud

Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Mothers and fathers of infants born very preterm (VPT) are at increased risk for posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSSs), such as reexperiencing the event, persistent avoidance, or increased reactivity within the early months, compared with parents of term-born infants. This study aimed to assess PTSSs in mothers and fathers of VPT infants over the first 2 years of life, including changes over time and relationship with medical and social risk. METHOD: A longitudinal, prospective, cohort study of PTSSs in parents of VPT infants. PTSS was assessed at term equivalent age (TEA) and 12 and 24 months using the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist Specific Version. Participants were 10..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (Centre for Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine)


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (Centre for Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine 1060733; project grants 1024516, 1028822; Career Development Fellowship 1108714 to A. J. Spittle; Senior Research Fellowship 1081288 to P. J. Anderson). Murdoch Children's Research Institute is supported by Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.