Marcus Hobbs Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research Affairs.
Maternal role attainment with medically fragile infants: Part 2. relationship to the quality of parenting†
Article first published online: 28 DEC 2010
Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 35–48, February 2011
How to Cite
Holditch-Davis, D., Miles, M. S., Burchinal, M. R. and Goldman, B. D. (2011), Maternal role attainment with medically fragile infants: Part 2. relationship to the quality of parenting. Res. Nurs. Health, 34: 35–48. doi: 10.1002/nur.20418
The preparation of this paper was supported by Grant No. NR02868 from the National Institute for Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health to the second author. We wish to thank Todd Schwartz for statistical consultation and Susan Brunssen, Jennifer Daniels, Sharron Docherty, Deborah Nelson, Elizabeth Gunn, Esther Mae Tesh, Jennifer D'Auria, Annette Frauman, Matt McBee, and Lung-Chang Chien for technical assistance.
- Issue published online: 15 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 28 DEC 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 NOV 2010
- medically fragile infants;
- mother–infant interactions;
- maternal role attainment
We examined which components of maternal role attainment (identity, presence, competence) influenced quality of parenting for 72 medically fragile infants, controlling for maternal education and infant illness severity. Maternal competence was related to responsiveness. Maternal presence and technology dependence were inversely related to participation. Greater competence and maternal education were associated with better normal caregiving. Presence was negatively related although competence was positively related to illness-related caregiving. Mothers with lower competence and more technology dependent children perceived their children as more vulnerable and child cues as more difficult to read. Maternal role attainment influenced parenting quality for these infants more than did child illness severity; thus interventions are needed to help mothers develop their maternal role during hospitalization and after discharge. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 34:35–48, 2011