Objective: To assess the level of depressive symptoms and mother-infant-attachment among mothers of preterms admitted in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and find the relationship between of depressive symptoms and mother-infant-attachment. Materials and Methods: A cross sectional survey was conducted among 100 mothers whose preterm babies were admitted in NICU of Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, Karnataka using purposive sampling. Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and Mother Infant Attachment Scale were used to collect the data. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results: The mother's age ranged from 20 to 40 years. The mild depressive symptoms were experienced by 28 (28%) mothers, moderate 25(25%) and 17 (17%) had severe level of depressive symptoms. Majority mothers 77(77%) of preterms had good-attachment and 18% had moderate attachment. Mean depressive symptom score and mother-infant-attachment score was 14.36±7.47 and 58.00 ±12.95 respectively. Depressive symptoms and mother-infant-attachment showed moderate negative correlation, (ρ=--0.506), (p=0.001). Conclusion: Increased levels of depressive symptoms among the mothers of preterm neonates affects the mother-infant-interactions. Interventions to decrease the level of depressive symptoms need to be planned for promoting good mother infant interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1
JournalOnline Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2018

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