A telephone intervention to reduce fatigue and symptom distress in mothers with difficult infants in the community

Marga Thome*, Beth Alder

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of a telephone intervention to reduce fatigue and the resulting symptom distress of mothers in Iceland who reported having a behaviourally difficult infant of 2-3 months of age. A sample of 78 mothers who reached distress criteria of depressive symptoms and parental stress was selected and randomly allocated in a controlled experimental study. In a brief intervention both maternal distress and infant difficulty were discussed. Results indicate a significant (P < 0·001) intervention effect on fatigue and its side-effects. It is concluded that intervention by telephone can be effective with fatigued mothers caring for a difficult infant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-137
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1999

Other keywords

  • Infant difficulty
  • Maternal fatigue
  • Nursing
  • Symptom distress
  • Telephone intervention

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