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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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GUARDIANO, Micaela et al. Stimulation, discipline, bonding and presentation: mother's beliefs of very preterm infants. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2017, vol.18, n.1, pp.141-149. ISSN 1645-0086.

Parents appreciate and encourage their children according to when they believe that is relevant to their development, and parenting practices are determined by their culture, beliefs and values. Facing the birth of a premature child, parents have to deal with the child's vulnerability when admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, eventually an environment that facilitates the acquisition of wrong beliefs and concepts. Goals were: to evaluate parental beliefs of preschool age children, with a history of prematurity (gestational age of less than 32 weeks), identify the most valued practices / beliefs and relate them to social and demographic characteristics, degree of prematurity and length of stay in the hospital. The sample consisted of the mothers of children with a history of prematurity (gestational age less than 32 weeks) observed in the Neurodevelopmental consultation of a tertiary hospital. Questionnaires were applied to assess demographic data along with the “Questionnaire of beliefs about maternal practices”. Mothers have given more importance to the dimension "Stimulation", and "Discipline" was considered the least important dimension. "Bonding" and "discipline" were negatively associated with age. The results suggest that the remarkable experiences of parents of very premature infants in their early life lead to concerns about their further neurodevelopment, which leads them to prioritize stimulating behaviors, and neglecting social issues, presentation and discipline.

Keywords : cognition; mother's beliefs; neurodevelopment; prematurity.

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