Articles and Books Referenced by NICU Healing:

Scholarly Articles Used to Inform the NICU Healing Website and Therapeutic Program:

Unfortunately many of these articles are not available for public perusal, but nonetheless have provided an immense amount of guidance and knowledge in the construction of this program.


Coppola, G. & Cassibba, R. (2010). Mothers' social behaviours in the NICU during newborns' hospitalization: an observational approach. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 28(2), 200-211.

Gonzalez-Serrano, F., Lasa, A., Hernanz, M., Tapia, X., Torres, M., Castro, C., & Ibanez, B. (2012). Maternal attachment representations and the development of very low birth weight premature infants at two years of age. Infant Mental Health Journal, 33(5), 477-488.

Hoffenkamp, H., Tooten, A., Hall, R., Croon, M., Braeken, J., Winkel, F.W., Vingerhoets, A. & van Bakel, H. (2012). The Impact of Premature Childbirth on Parental Bonding. Evolutionary Psychology, 10(3), 542-561.

Nicolaou, M., Rosewell, R., Marlow, N., & Glazebrook, C. (2009). Mothers' experiences of interacting with their premature infants. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 27(2), 182-194.

Udry-Jorgensen, L., Pierrehumbert, B., Borghini, A., Habersaat, S., Forcada-Guex, M., Ansermet, F., Muller-Nix, C. (2011). Quality of attachment, perinatal risk, and mother-infant interaction in a high-risk premature sample. Infant Mental Health Journal 32(3), 305-318.  

Kangaroo Care

Feldman, R., Eidelman, A., Sirota, L., & Weller, A. (2002). Comparison of skin-to-skin (kangaroo) and traditional care: parenting outcomes and preterm infant development. Pediatrics, 110(1), 16-26.

Reynolds, L.C, Duncan, M.M., Smith, G.C., Mathur, A., Neil, J., Inder, T. & Pineda, R.G. (2013). Parental presence and holding in the neonatal intensive care unit and associations with early neurobehavior. Journal of Perinatology, 33(8), 636-641.

Tallandini, M.A., & Scalembra, C. (2006). Kangaroo mother care and mother-premature infant dyadic interaction. Infant Mental Health Journal, 27(3), 251-275.

Post-Partum Depression and Anxiety

Gambina, I., Solderra, G., Benevento, B., Trivellato, P., Visentin, S., Cavallin, F., Trevisanuto, D. & Zanardo, V. (2011). Postpartum psychosocial distress and late preterm delivery. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 29(5), 472-479.

Garel, M., Dardennes, M., & Blondel, B. (2006). Mothers' psychological distress 1 year after very preterm childbirth. Results of the epipage qualitative study. Child: care, health and development, 33(2). 137-143.

Goutadier, N., Lopez, A., Sejourne, N. Denis, A., & Chabrol, H. (2011). Premature birth: subjective and psychological experiences in the first weeks following childbirth, a mixed-methods study. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 29(4), 364-373.

Jenewein, J., Moergeli, H., Fauchere, J.-C., Bucher, H.U., Kraemer, B., Wittmann, L., Schnyder, U., & Buchi, S. (2008). Parents' mental health after the birth of an extremely preterm child: A comparison between bereaved and non-bereaved parents, Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 29(1), 53-60.

Letourneau, N.L., Dennis, C.L., Benzies, K., Duffet-Leger, L., Stewart, M., Tryphonopoulos, P.D., Este, D., & Watson, W. (2012). Postpartum depression is a family affair: addressing the impact on mothers, fathers, and children. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33, 445-457.

Madu, S., Roos, J. (2006). Depression among mothers with preterm infants and their stress-coping strategies. Social Behavior and Personality, 34(7), 877-890.

Nagata, M., Nagai, Y., Sobajima, H., Ando, T., & Honjo, S. (2004). Depression in the early postpartum period and attachment to children- in mothers of NICU infants. Infant and Child Development, 13, 93-100.

O'Brien, M., Asay, J. H., & McCluskey-Fawcett, K. (1999). Family functioning an dmaternal depression following premature birth. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 17(2), 175-188.

Preyde, M. & Dingwall, T. (2009). Stress and coping in parents of medically at-risk infants: the need for social work support. Canadian Social Work, 25-40.

Pritchard, M., Colditz, P., Cartwright, D., Gray, P., Tudehope, D. & Beller, E. (2012). Six-week postnatal depression predicts parenting stress profiles in mothers of preterm children. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 30(3), 303-311.

Trauma and Stress

Bradley, R. & Slade, P. (2011). A review of mental health problems in fathers following the birth of a child, Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 29(1), 19-42.

Bryant, R.A., Friedman, M., Spiegel, D., Ursano, R. & Strain, J. (2010). A review of acute stress disorder in DSM-5, Depression and Anxiety, 0, 1-16.

Busse, M., Stromgren, K., Thorngate, L., & Thomas, K. (2013). Parents' responsed to stress in the neonatal intensive care unit, Critical Care Nurse 33, 52-59.

Dudek-Shriber, L. (2004). Parent stress in the neonatal intensive care unit and the influence of parent and infant characteristics. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 58, 509-520.

Howe, T.H., Sheu, C.F., Wang, T.N., & Hsu, Y.W. (2014). Parenting stress in families with very low birth weight preterm infants in early infancy. Research in Developmental Disabilities,

Jotzo, M. & Poets, C. (2005). Helping parents cope with the trauma of premature birth: an evaluation of a trauma-preventive psychological intervention. Pediatrics, 115(4), 915-919.

Kendall-Tackett, K. (2009). Traumatic stress symptoms in parents of premature infants. Trauma Psychology Newsletter, 16-18.

Nicholls, K. & Ayers, S. (2007). Childbirth-related post-traumatic stress disorder in couples: A qualitative study, British Journal of Health Psychology, 12, 491-509.

Pierrehumbert, B., Nicole, A., Muller-Nix, C., Forcada-Guex, M. & Ansermat, F. (2003). Parental post-traumatic reactions after premature birth: implications for sleeping an deating problems in the infant. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal, 88, 400-404.

Treatment Reviews

Brecht, C. , Shaw, R., St. John, N., & McCue Horwitz, S. (2012). Effectiveness of therapeutic and behavioral interventions for parents of low-birth-weight premature infants: A review. Infant Mental Health Journal, 33(6), 651-665.

Brown-Bowers, A., Fredman, S., Wanklyn, S. & Monson, C. (2012). Cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder: Application for a couple's shared traumatic experience, Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, 68(5), 536-547.

Posttraumatic Growth

Barr, P. (2011). Posttraumatic growth in parents of infants hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 16, 117-134.

Calhoun, L. & Tedeschi, R. (2004). The foundations of posttraumatic growth: New considerations, Psychological Inquiry, 15(1), 93-102.

Joseph, S., Murphy, D. & Regel, S. (2012). An affective-cognitive processing model of post-traumatic growth. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 19, 316-325.

Levine, L.J., Schmidt, S., Kang, H. & Tinti, Cl (2012). Remembering the silver lining: Reappraisal and positive bias in memory for emotion, Cognition and Emotion, 26(5), 871-884.

Linley, P. & Joseph, S. (2011). Meaning in life and posttraumatic growth. Journal of Loss and Trauma: International Perspectives on Stress & Coping, 16(2), 150-159.

Schuttler, D. & Boals, A. (2011). The path to posttraumatic growth versus posttraumatic stress disorder: Contributions of event centrality and coping. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 16, 180-194.

Siegel, D. (2001). Toward an interpersonal neurobiology of the developing mind: Attachment relationships, "mindsight," and neural integration, Infant Mental Health Journal, 22(1-2), 67-94.

Spielman V. & Taubman-Ben Ari, O. (2009). Parental self-efficacy and stress-related growth in the transition to parenthood: A comparison between parents of pre- and full-term babies, Health & Social Work, 34(3), 201-212.

Taubman-Ben Ari, O., Findler, L., & Kuint, J. (2010). Personal growth in the wake of stress: the case of mothers of preterm twins, The Journal of Psychology, 144(2), 185-204.

Tedeschi, R. & Calhoun, L. (2004). Posttraumatic growth: Conceptual foundations and empirical evidence, Psychological Inquiry, 15(1), 1-18.