Title Coping style may contribute to stress in parents of preemies Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet Reuters Health News Media type Web Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 20/03/2015 Description Objective To examine factors which predict parenting
stress in a longitudinal cohort of children born very
preterm, and seen at age 7 years.
Methods We recruited 100 very preterm (≤32 weeks
gestational age) child-parent dyads and a control group
of 50 term-born dyads born between 2001 and 2004
with follow-up at 7 years. Parents completed the
Parenting Stress Index, Ways of Coping Questionnaire,
Child Behaviour Check List, Beck Depression Inventory
and the State Trait Anxiety Inventory questionnaires.
Child IQ was assessed using the Wechsler Intelligence
Results After controlling for maternal education,
parents of preterm children (95% CI 111.1 to 121.4)
scored higher (p=0.027) on the Parenting Stress Index
than term-born controls (95% CI 97.8 to 113.2).
Regression analyses showed that child externalising
behaviour, sex and parent escape/avoidance coping style,
predicted higher parenting stress in the preterm group.
Parents of preterm girls expressed higher levels of stress
than those of boys.
Conclusions Maladaptive coping strategies contribute
to greater stress in parents of very preterm children. Our
findings suggest that these parents need support for
many years after birth of a very preterm infant.
URL https://www.reuters.com/article/us-preterm-children-parental-stress/coping-style-may-contribute-to-stress-in-parents-of-preemies-idUSKBN0MG2FL20150320 Persons Mark Linden