Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2010

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management

First Advisor

Robert Bosselman

Second Advisor

Dianne Draper

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the role of touch in the parental experience of having an infant in the NICU. Using a narrative analysis methodology, the researcher interviewed six parents who currently had infants in the NICU. Both mothers and one father were interviewed. Infant ages ranged from 24-28 weeks gestation and all infants were admitted within two weeks of the interviews. Four nurses were also interviewed to gain deeper understanding of their perceptions of parents and parental experiences of touching preterm infants. Overarching themes that emerged from the parent interviews were the phenomenon of touch experience both positive and negative, loss related to the experience of a preterm birth, support , and dynamics of primary nursing. Nursing overarching themes included general NICU responses, barriers perceived for parents, and protection of the infant.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-1012

Copyright Owner

Crystal Y. Whittington

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-30

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

214 pages

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