Patricia Thomas Becker

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PURPOSE To identify the process by which parents of premature infants seek information, the kinds of information they seek, and the resources they use to meet their educational and support needs. DESIGN/SAMPLE Descriptive study using 19 parent interviews and 64 questionnaires. MAIN OUTCOME VARIABLE; The process parents use to obtain information and(More)
Twenty-two healthy full-term infants were observed for 7 continuous hours in their homes weekly on weeks 2, 3, 4, and 5. Code recordings of their behavioral states and any mother-infant interactions were made every 10 seconds. An analysis was made of the distribution of the infant's state behaviors during the time it was left alone (mean = 279.6 minutes in(More)
Intense rapid eye movements (REM) during sleep were investigated as a possible indication of delay in the neurodevelopment of infants. The rate of occurrence of REM storms was determined by monitoring the sleep of 15 normal, first-born infants during weeks 2 through 5 and at 3, 6, 12 months. The amount of REM within each 10-second interval of active sleep(More)
The relationship of adolescent mothers' knowledge of infant development and perceptions of infant behavior to stress experienced during pregnancy were examined using a comparison group of adults of similar marital status. Relationships with maternal age across groups also were examined. Adolescents underestimated developmental rate and perceived some infant(More)
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The purpose of this study was to determine whether an individualized approach to handling very low birth weight (VLBW) infants designed to support development would result in less motor disorganization than the task-oriented approach in traditional use. Using a quasi-experimental crossover design, motor responses were investigated in 38 infants (< or = 1700(More)
The Coulomb potential in a crystal is discussed. It is shown that its Fourier series expansion has a singularity for the V(0, 0, 0) component, which is important when comparing different compounds, or when using the Coulomb potential as a probe for reactivity. Methods to calculate this term are discussed. Sum rules for multipolar moments of crystals in(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine whether modifying care to reduce stressors in the neonatal intensive care unit and support infant development affected physiological, motor, and behavioral state organization. Twenty-one infants weighing less than 1501 g were studied prior to a nursing staff-training program (control) and 24 infants were studied(More)
Numerous aspects of the intensive care environment are stressful for low birth weight infants and may play a role in adverse developmental and behavioral outcome. The purpose of this study was to determine whether staff education in care protocols designed to make the environment less stressful and thereby support the infant's development would improve(More)