Psychological distress and resilience of mothers and fathers with respect to the neurobehavioral performance of small-forgestational- age newborns
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AuthorBellido González, María Mercedes; Robles Ortega, Humbelina; Castelar Ríos, María José; Díaz López, Miguel Ángel; Gallo Vallejo, José Luis; Moreno Galdó, María Fernanda; Santos Roig, Macarena De Los
Parental psychological distressResiliencePregnancyNeurobehavioral performanceSmall-for-gestational- age
Bellido-González, M., Robles-Ortega, H., Castelar-Ríos, M. J., Díaz-López, M. Á., Gallo-Vallejo, J. L., Moreno-Galdó, M. F., & de Los Santos-Roig, M. (2019). Psychological distress and resilience of mothers and fathers with respect to the neurobehavioral performance of small-for-gestational-age newborns. Health and quality of life outcomes, 17(1), 54.
SponsorshipThis study was supported by University of Granada (Spain), Andalusian Public Foundation for Biosanitary Research Eastern Andalusia (Spain), and Ministry of Health, Junta de Andalucía (Spain) Award Number: PC-0526-2016-0526.
The existence of psychological distress (PD) during pregnancy is well established. Nevertheless, few studies have analyzed the PD and resilience of mothers and fathers during high-risk pregnancy. This study analyzes the differences between parents’ PD and resilience and the relation between them and the neurobehavioral performance of their SGA newborns. Multivariate analysis of variance showed, in gender comparisons, that mothers obtained higher scores than fathers for psychological distress but lower ones for resilience. Similar differences were obtained in the comparison of parents’ distress to intrauterine growth by SGA vs. AGA newborns. Mothers of SGA newborns were more distressed than the other groups. However, there were no differences between the fathers of SGA vs. AGA newborns. Regarding neurobehavioral performance, the profiles of SGA newborns reflected a lower degree of maturity than those of AGA newborns. Hierarchical regression analyses showed that high stress and low resilience among mothers partially predict low neurobehavioral performance in SGA newborns. These findings indicate that mothers of SGA newborns may need psychological support to relieve stress and improve their resilience. Furthermore, attention should be paid to the neurobehavioral performance of their babies in case early attention is needed