Rebecca S. Bernard is now at the San Diego Center for Children, San Diego, CA.
Brief cognitive–behavioral intervention for maternal depression and trauma in the neonatal intensive care unit: A pilot study†
Article first published online: 24 MAR 2011
Copyright © 2011 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 230–234, April 2011
How to Cite
Bernard, R. S., Williams, S. E., Storfer-Isser, A., Rhine, W., Horwitz, S. M., Koopman, C. and Shaw, R. J. (2011), Brief cognitive–behavioral intervention for maternal depression and trauma in the neonatal intensive care unit: A pilot study. J. Traum. Stress, 24: 230–234. doi: 10.1002/jts.20626
This project was supported by funding from NIH M01 RR00070 for the General Clinical Research Center Program, Stanford University School of Medicine.
- Issue published online: 8 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 24 MAR 2011
Parents of hospitalized premature infants are at risk for developing psychological symptoms. This randomized controlled pilot study examined the effectiveness of a brief cognitive–behavioral intervention in reducing traumatic and depressive symptoms in mothers 1 month after their infant's discharge from the hospital. Fifty-six mothers were randomly assigned to the intervention or control group. Results showed that mothers experienced high levels of symptoms initially and at follow-up. At follow-up, there was a trend for mothers in the intervention group to report lower levels of depression (p = .06; Cohen's f = .318), but levels of traumatic symptoms were similar for both groups. Brief psychological interventions may reduce depressive symptoms in this population. Estimates of the effect sizes can be used to inform future intervention studies.