A Feasibility Study of the Parental Sensitivity Intervention on Attachment and Self-Efficacy of Mothers and Fathers of Preterm Infants


  • Kulwara Phianching Faculty of Nursing Burapha University
  • Nujjaree Chaimongkol Faculty of Nursing, Burapha University
  • Yunee Pongjaturawit Faculty of Nursing, Burapha University


attachment, feasibility, parental sensitivity, preterm infants, self-efficacy


This pre-experimental design with pretest-posttest and follow-up measures aimed to determine the feasibility of the parental sensitivity intervention by comparing mother-infant attachment, maternal self-efficacy, father-infant attachment and paternal self-efficacy among mothers and fathers in the care of preterm infants. A pre-experimental design with pretest, posttest and follow-up measures was employed. The participants were recruited through a purposive sampling method with four triads of mother, father and preterm infants who were admitted to a sick newborn ward at a hospital in Thailand. The research instruments for data collection included the Postpartum Bonding Questionnaire and the Maternal/Paternal Confidence Questionnaire with Cronbach’s alpha reliability of 0.73 and 0.75, respectively. The parental sensitivity intervention contained four sessions with 60-90 minutes per session. Descriptive statistics and Friedman test were used to analyze the data.

The results found that a significant difference over the three time measures of the outcome variables. Mother-infant attachment, mother’s self-efficacy, father-infant attachment and father’s self-efficacy at posttest and follow-up periods were better than those at pretest (p<.05). These findings indicate that the parental sensitivity intervention would be appropriate and feasible for further implementation.


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Phianching K, Chaimongkol N, Pongjaturawit Y. A Feasibility Study of the Parental Sensitivity Intervention on Attachment and Self-Efficacy of Mothers and Fathers of Preterm Infants. J Royal Thai Army Nurses [Internet]. 2020 Apr. 27 [cited 2022 Nov. 28];21(1):66-74. Available from: https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JRTAN/article/view/241382



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