ISSN: 0970-938X (Print) | 0976-1683 (Electronic)

Biomedical Research

An International Journal of Medical Sciences


The occurrence of depression and nursing intervention for mothers of preterm infants

Objective: To describe the occurrence of depression in mothers of preterm infants and the impact of nursing interventions on them.

Methods: This was a descriptive correlational study. We used Psychosomatic Symptom Checklist (SCL-90), Znug Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) to evaluate 60 mothers of preterm infants who were recruited from January 2011 to December 2014 in our hospital. Then we used statistical software for statistical analysis of all the data.

Results: 46.7% mothers of preterm infants had depression, which mainly was mild and moderate depression. The incidence was significantly higher than the national norm, the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05). And quality psychological nursing care can effectively improve depression. After four weeks of psychological nursing care, the intervention group’s SCL-90 psychological factor scores and SDS score were significantly lower than those of the control group, the differences were statistically significant (P<0.01 or 0.05).

Conclusion: The level of depression in mothers of preterm infants is higher than the national norm. Quality psychological nursing care can effectively alleviate depression, which justifies its worthy for promotion in clinical application.

Author(s): Li Ying, Cheng Feng
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