The Effects of Group Meridian Massage on Infant' Growth and Parenting Stress, Parenting Self-Efficacy in their Mothers

집단 영아경락마사지가 영아의 성장, 어머니의 양육스트레스와 양육효능감에 미치는 영향

  • Cho, Kyoul-Ja (College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Lee, Myung-Hee (Department of Nursing, Shin Sung University) ;
  • Ji, Eun-Sun (College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University)
  • Published : 2008.07.31

Abstract

Purpose: This study was done to investigate effect of Meridian massage on the infant' growth and parenting stress, parenting self-efficacy in their mothers. Method: The participants were 65 mothers of infants who visited one public health center in Yangju city. Data were collected from February, 2007 to December, 2007. Infant in the experimental group were given Meridian massage for 50min(lecture 20min, practice 15min, preparation and arrangement 15min) once a week for 6 weeks. The data were analyzed using the SPSS program. Result: Regarding growth, infants in the experimental group increase in height compared to those in the control group. There was no difference in infants weight between the two groups. Parenting Stress of mothers were significantly lower for experimental group compare to control group. Parenting Self-efficacy of mothers were significantly higher for experimental group compare to control group. Conclusion: The above findings suggest that maternally administered Meridian massage should be applied clinical practice to improve growth of infants, emotional condition of mothers and interaction of infants and their mothers.