The Consequences of Prematurity: Understanding and Therapy

  • Arnold J. Sameroff
  • Lauren C. Abbe


The birth of an infant before the completion of the normal 40-week gestational period has been postulated to represent a perinatal trauma with detrimental effects upon the health of both the infant and its mother, and upon their social interaction as well. There has been a long history of concern with the intellectual consequences of prematurity. In more recent times, additional concerns have been raised by studies finding that prematurely born children are more frequently abused by their parents than other children (Klein and Stern, 1971). As our understanding of the processes of psychological development has advanced, we have been better able to appreciate the social context for both of these consequences of premature birth and to begin programs for the alteration of both the intellectual and social deficits associated with prematurity.


Premature Infant Maternal Behavior Premature Birth Vestibular Stimulation Perinatal Trauma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arnold J. Sameroff
    • 1
  • Lauren C. Abbe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA

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