Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 158–169 | Cite as

Clinical approaches to traumatized parents: Psychotherapy in the intensive-care nursery

  • Charles H. Zeanah
  • Charlene I. Canger
  • J. David Jones


Clinical approaches to parents who are traumatized by the birth of a premature or defective infant are described. Psychotherapy with parents in the intensive-care nursery relieves suffering and promotes growth and development of the vulnerable parent-infant relationship in this extraordinary setting. Crisis intervention seeks to re-establish parents' temporarily disrupted psychological equilibrium. Supportive psychotherapy helps parents establish and maintain adaptation at a new level. Insight-oriented psychotherapy brings into awareness past conflicts that are interfering with an optimal parent-infant relationship.


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© Human Sciences Press 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles H. Zeanah
    • 2
  • Charlene I. Canger
    • 3
  • J. David Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.Duke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Stanford University School of MedicinePalo AltoUSA
  3. 3.Stanford University HospitalPalo AltoUSA

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