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dc.contributor.advisorPuls, Brigitte
dc.contributor.authorWilkinson, Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-27T01:27:08Z
dc.date.available2018-02-27T01:27:08Z
dc.date.copyright2005
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/11340
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation was undertaken to develop an understanding of the internal world of premature infants and their developing relationships. Initially, the literature regarding attachment in normal infant-mother dyads is reviewed. An overview of the world of the preterm infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unite (NICU) is provided. Factors that are special to mother-preterm dyads are evaluated: the emotional challenges facing preterm mothers, the availability of the preterm infants to be in relationship and the ‘facilitating environment’ (the NICU). Holding an understanding of the above factors, a review of articles that consider the security of attachment in infants born prematurely was conducted. The resilience of the attachment relationship became clear. However, it is evident that this relationship can be significantly compromised by psychosocial factors in the mother or by extreme prematurity or severe medical complications in the infant. The paucity of data addressing long term relationship stability for these tiny graduates is of concern. The developmental model of care proposed by Als (1986) offers an intervention that integrates the psychosocial and biologic needs of the infants and their families.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectAttachment behavior in childrenen_NZ
dc.subjectMother and childen_NZ
dc.subjectChild psychologyen_NZ
dc.subjectPremature infants -- Psychologyen_NZ
dc.titleUnderstanding the impact of prematurity on attachmenten_NZ
dc.typeDissertationen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Health Scienceen_NZ
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