Coregulation in Salivary Cortisol During Maternal Holding of Premature Infants

  title={Coregulation in Salivary Cortisol During Maternal Holding of Premature Infants},
  author={Madalynn Neu and Mark L Laudenslager and Joann L. Robinson},
  journal={Biological Research For Nursing},
  pages={226 - 240}
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine coregulation between mothers and preterm infants in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) system activity, as indicated by salivary cortisol levels, while mothers held their infants. The research questions were (a) does mother—infant coregulation in HPA activity occur during holding? and (b) if mother— infant coregulation in HPA activity exists during holding, do type of holding, antenatal steroids, sound level, and maternal touch… 

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