Effects of infant massage on HIV-infected mothers and their infants.

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  • PURPOSE. To determine the feasibility of implementing an infant massage intervention and to evaluate the preliminary effects of infant massage on HIV-infected mothers and their infants. DESIGN AND METHODS. In this two-group, randomized controlled pilot study, intervention group mothers were taught to perform infant massage daily for 10 weeks. RESULTS. Infant massage training had a positive impact on maternal depression, parental distress, and infant growth along with facilitating more optimal parent-child interactions. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Infant massage, a quick, easy, and inexpensive intervention, is feasible in a clinic setting and may benefit human immunodeficiency virus-infected mothers and their infants.
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  • Adult, Depression, Postpartum, Female, Follow-Up Studies, HIV Infections, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Massage, Mother-Child Relations, Mothers, Pilot Projects, Pregnancy, Treatment Outcome, Young Adult
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  • Oswalt K; Biasini F
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  • 169
  • End Page

  • 178
  • Volume

  • 16
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  • 3