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Minerva Pediatrica 2018 December;70(6):545-51

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4946.16.04308-5

Copyright © 2015 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 to examine to anger and depression levels of mothers who having a premature infant in the NICU and factors affecting it.
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 data analyses.
RESULTS: Mothers whose infants are under care in NICU have moderate depression. It is also determined that mothers’ educational level, income level and gender of infants were found to be statistically significant (P<0.05). A positively relationship between depression and trait anger scores and statistically significant. A negatively relationship existed between depression and anger-control scores for the mothers and 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.


KEY WORDS: Premature birth - Mothers - Anger - Depression

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