J Korean Acad Nurs.  2013 Dec;43(6):704-713. 10.4040/jkan.2013.43.6.704.

Mothers' Parenting Experience of Premature Infants: Q Methodological Approach

  • 1Department of Nursing, Konkuk University, Chungju, Korea. ssinna99@kku.ac.kr


This study was done to identify the parenting experience of mothers of premature infants in order to provide basic data for educational solutions and desirable directions.
Q-methodology was used as it provides a method of analyzing the subjectivity of each item. The participants were 33 mothers of premature infants who sorted 34 selected Q-statements which were then classified into the shape of a normal distribution using a 9-point scale. Subjectivity on parenting experience among the mothers was analyzed using the pc-QUANAL program.
Four types of parenting experience were identified. Type I was named 'struggling', type II, 'self blame', type III, 'information collecting', and type IV, 'self-introspection'.
The results of this study indicate that different approaches to educational programs are needed for mothers of premature infants based on the four types of parenting experience.


Premature infant; Parenting experience

MeSH Terms

Infant, Newborn
*Infant, Premature
Interviews as Topic

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