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)
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 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)
PURPOSE Understanding the parent-child relationship is fundamental to nursing of children and families. The purpose of this integrative review is to explore nursing scholarship published from 1980-2008 concerning parent-child relationships. Study approaches are examined, critiqued, and future directions for research identified. CONCLUSIONS A historical(More)
Mother-infant interaction was studied using a general systems theory framework. 20 mother-infant pairs were observed in their home for a 7-hour period when the infants were 2, 3, 4, and 5 weeks of age. A measurement procedure was devised to assess, for each pair, the consistency over weeks in their allocation of time to 4 interactional contexts that make up(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this paper is to examine nursing's contribution to understanding the parent-adolescent and the teen parent-child relationships. CONCLUSION Relationships between parents and adolescents may reflect turmoil and affect adolescents' health and development. The social and developmental contexts for teen parenting are powerful and may(More)