1 Institute of Science in Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Department of Clinical Medicine - Department of Paediatrics, Department of Clinical Medicine, Health, Aarhus University3 Børneafdeling A, Aarhus Universitets Hospital4 Department of Public Health - Department of Science in Nursing, Department of Public Health, Health, Aarhus University5 Department of Clinical Medicine - Department of Paediatrics, Department of Clinical Medicine, Health, Aarhus University6 Department of Public Health - Department of Science in Nursing, Department of Public Health, Health, Aarhus University
The study is a control quasi-experimental intervention. The investigation is a multi-centre study, involving two different and similar Neonatal Care Units on University Hospital in DK. The aim is to investigate which effects systematically intervention of Newborn Individualized Developmental Care Assessment Program (NIDCAP®) will have signifikant effekts on the neurologic deveolopment of the children (GA>32 weeks) and their mother’s competences as a parent. Variables of the infants: The maturity of the autonomy system; the motor behaviour systems; the states of related behaviours; the grade of attention-related behaviours, and the infant’s competences to have self-control, growth, breath function and time for discharge. Variables and the mothers: maternal self-esteem; staffs support to the parents; parents support from different networks and a demographic data. The study includes 60 children and their mothers in each group. Both infants’ group will be observed using NIDCAP®-observation, which consist of naturalistic observation with defined behaviour patterns and data from the infants’ medical records. Quantitative questionnaires will be given to the group of mothers. All data will be analyzed quantitatively. The data collecting will take place from the 19. Of October 2005 and one year forward. The expectations of the results are to find a significant advantage in the intervention group showing that the infants will be more mature; more stable in their self control; the mothers will be more competent; earlier admission, clearly experiences with networks support and the infant will decrease.