July 2017

Does a comprehensive family-centred early intervention service affect stress reactivity and emotion regulation in very low birth weight preterm infants at toddler age?

BEHAVIORAL DEVELOPMENT Preterm infants are at risk for a broad spectrum of poor neurodevelopmental outcomes, including poor emotional regulation and stress response throughout childhood. This randomized controlled trial assessed whether a child-parent dyad-focused early intervention could improve primitive behaviors, reactivity, and stress response in ex-preterm toddlers. The trial found that home- or clinic-based intervention programs moderately improved primitive behavior and response to stress after interventions in the clinic or the home; however, further study is necessary to confirm these data.