Parental stress in the neonatal intensive care unit in India
Shah, Ami Kirit
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This study examined the stress levels of Indian parents of infants admitted into Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) and the impact of demographic variables to their stress. The Parental Stress Scale: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit which was translated into the regional languages was given to 167 Indian parents in the language best understood by them. Indian mothers perceived more stress than the fathers in the areas of sights and sounds of NICU, baby’s looks and behavior, and their relationship with the baby. The parents of infants in the NICU in municipal hospitals experienced more stress than the parents of infants who were admitted to NICUs in private hospitals. The level of education contributed to stress among the mothers. This study may help Indian neonatal therapists to understand the stress experienced by parents of NICU and assist them to cope up with this.