Get access

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

Authors


Marga Thome Department of Nursing, University of Iceland, Eirberg, Eiriksgata 34, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland. E-mail: marga@rhi.hi.is

Abstract

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

Ancillary