Features Of Mothers’ Emotional Experience During the Hospitalization of Newborns in Connection with Hypoxic Affection of the Central Nervous System



Mothers of newborns with central nervous system pathology tend to experience more severe psychological distress and difficulty in forming a favourable relationship to their child than mothers of healthy infants. To provide psychological assistance, there is a need to better understand the features of the experience that parents find stressful and which ones are positive, in order to cope with stress. The objective of the research was to study mothers’ emotional experience during the hospitalization of newborns with hypoxic affection of the central nervous system (CNS). The research included 40 women admitted together with their children to the newborn pathology department: 22 mothers of full-term infants with hypoxic-ischemic injury (grade II and III), 18 mothers of preterm infants (29–34 weeks) with hypoxic-ischemic injury (grade II and III), intraventricular hemorrhage (grade II and III), and combined is- chemic and hemorrhagic damage. Women responded to the questions of the original clinical- and-psychological interview and the data was processed qualitatively and quantitatively. The article describes the factors and content of negative and positive emotions of mothers in the period of hospitalization. The data on the contradictory nature of mothers’ reports of their feelings is presented: answers to direct questions are chiefly of a positive or ambivalent emotional background, while answers to projective questions primarily reflect a negative emotion- al background. It is shown that with a combination of prematurity and hypoxic affection of the child’s CNS, women have a more negative emotional background than that of the respondents who had delivered a full-term child. Conclusions are made about the effect of attitude on a “socially desirable” response during the description of the emotional experience, about less favourable emotional experience of mothers who delivered children prematurely with pathology of the CNS.

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Keywords: mothers, newborns, hypoxic affection of the central nervous system, emotional experience, stressors, clinical-and-psychological interview

Journal rubric: Empirical and Experimental Research

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21638/spbu16.2021.106

Funding. The study was supported by a grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project no. 19-013-00450 A.

For citation: Mamaychuk I.I., Milanich Y.M. Features Of Mothers’ Emotional Experience During the Hospitalization of Newborns in Connection with Hypoxic Affection of the Central Nervous System. Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Psychology, 2021. Vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 89–102. DOI: 10.21638/spbu16.2021.106. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Irina I. Mamaychuk, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, St. Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, e-mail: mauki@mail.ru

Yulia M. Milanich, PhD in Psychology, Senior Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Department of Medical Psychology and Psychophysiology, Saint Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0042-3612, e-mail: olga.psy.pu@mail.ru



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