Emotional Closeness Among NICU Fathers: A Qualitative Descriptive Study

Emotional Closeness Among NICU Fathers: A Qualitative Descriptive Study

Emotional Closeness Among NICU Fathers: A Qualitative Descriptive Study

Emotional Closeness Among NICU Fathers: A Qualitative Descriptive Studys

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Référence bibliographique [22079]

Lebel, Valérie, Feeley, Nancy, Gosselin, Émilie et Axelin, Anna. 2021. «Emotional Closeness Among NICU Fathers: A Qualitative Descriptive Study ». Advances in Neonatal Care, vol. 22, no 1, p. E13-E21.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«This study explored experiences and instances of emotional closeness from the perspective of NICU [neonatal intensive care unit] fathers as well as factors enhancing or reducing emotional closeness during an infant’s hospitalization in the NICU.» (p. E14)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«This study is part of a larger study that aims to describe parent–infant physical and emotional closeness, the quality of family-centered care, and the psychological well-being of NICU parents. According to the inclusion criteria, the convenience sample for the larger study was composed of parents of infants born at less than 35 weeks’ gestation and admitted to the NICU. […] The present study focuses on a subsample of [eight] fathers from one study site. The study was conducted in a level 3 NICU in the Montréal region (province of Québec in Canada).» (p. E14)

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


«By identifying multiple dimensions of emotional closeness, [this] study highlights the complexity of the process of emotional closeness for NICU fathers. The results of this study support the notion that fathers develop their sense of emotional closeness while present with their infant or while separated from their infant. […] Like mothers, fathers felt emotional closeness when they were interacting and caring for their preterm infant in the NICU and when they stayed connected with the infant while they were away from the NICU. In the current study, fathers pointed out the variety of emotions, both positive and negative, that can accompany emotional closeness.» (p. E20)