Use of social media by fathers of premature infants

Hyung Nam Kim, Tami H. Wyatt, Xueping Li, Mark Gaylord

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Abstract

Although parents of premature infants experience many challenges when transitioning home from the neonatal intensive care unit, healthcare providers and social support systems tend to focus on mothers and infants rather than fathers. Unfortunately, very little is known about paternal concerns and needs as compared with maternal ones. The lack of understanding about paternal needs may lead to inadequate designs of neonatal intensive care unit family support programs with less involved fathers, all of which contribute to increased burdens on mothers and poor health outcomes for their infants. Although information technology (IT) might have the potential to increase support for the fathers of preterm infants, only a few studies have examined systematically how IT applications can be beneficial. This study aims to advance the understanding of needs and concerns of fathers with preterm infants and how fathers use the IT applications (eg, social networking Web sites) to support themselves.We observed qualitatively various social networking Web sites (ie, 29 Web sites) where fathers share their experiences about preterm infants. We discovered that fathers used various social media to discuss their concerns and, in turn, obtained informational, companionship, and emotional supports. On the basis of our analysis, we provide insights into a fathercentered technology intervention design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-366
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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Social Media
Premature Infants
Fathers
Social Networking
Technology
Neonatal Intensive Care Units
Mothers
Social Support
Health Personnel
Parents
Health

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics
  • Critical Care
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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Use of social media by fathers of premature infants. / Kim, Hyung Nam; Wyatt, Tami H.; Li, Xueping; Gaylord, Mark.

In: Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, Vol. 30, No. 4, 01.10.2016, p. 359-366.

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Kim, Hyung Nam ; Wyatt, Tami H. ; Li, Xueping ; Gaylord, Mark. / Use of social media by fathers of premature infants. In: Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing. 2016 ; Vol. 30, No. 4. pp. 359-366.
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