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Minerva Pediatrica 2016 Feb 04

Copyright © 2016 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Anger and depression levels of mothers with premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit

Funda KARDAŞ ÖZDEMIR, Zümrüt AKGüN ŞAHIN

Kars Health School, Kafkas University, Kars, Turkey


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BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to examine anger and depression levels of mothers who had a premature infant in the NICU, and all factors affecting the situation.
METHODS: This descriptive study was performed in the level I and II units of NICU at three state hospitals in Turkey. The data was collected with a demographic questionnaire, "Beck Depression Inventory" and "Anger Expression Scale". Descriptive statistics, parametric and nonparametric statistical tests and Pearson correlation were used in the data analysis.
RESULTS: Mothers whose infants are under care in NICU have moderate depression. It has also been determined that mothers' educational level, income level and gender of infants were statistically significant (p <0.05). A positive relationship between depression and trait anger scores was found to be statistically significant. A negative relationship existed between depression and anger-control scores for the mothers, which was statistically significant (p <0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: Due to the results of research, recommended that mothers who are at risk of depression and anger in the NICU evaluated by nurses and these nurses to develop their consulting roles.

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