Parenting Stress, Social Support, and Mother-Child Interactions in Families of Multiple and Singleton Preterm Toddlers

Kristin F. Lutz, Cynthia Burnson, Amanda Hane, Anne Samuelson, Sarah Maleck, Julie Poehlmann

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Abstract

The study investigated family support as a buffer of stress in 153 mothers and preterm toddlers. Data were collected regarding maternal depressive symptoms, parenting stress, and family support; infant health; and videotaped mother-child interactions. Although more parenting stress related to less optimal child play, only information support functioned as a protective factor. Information support predicted positive play under high, but not low, maternal stress. Mothers of multiples reported more parenting stress than mothers of singletons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)642-656
Number of pages15
JournalFamily Relations
Volume61
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

Keywords

  • Child
  • Interactions
  • Mother
  • Preterm
  • Stress
  • Twins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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