This study will examine the short- and long-term effects of two maternally administered interventions-- the auditory-tactile-visual-vestibular (ATVV) intervention and kangaroo care--for very-low-birthweight (VLBW) preterms on infant health and development, maternal psychological well-being, and the maternal-child relationship, in comparison with a control group and with each other. Administering one of these interventions will allow the mother to assume a specific role in the care of her infant in the hospital. Comparing the interventions will enable us to determine the relative importance of the direct effects of the interventions on the infant and the indirect effects through the mother.
Mother-Administered Interventions for VLBW Infants
National Institutes of Health/NINR
09/2005 to 06/2009