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Research design

Randomized trial, 1 experimental group (n=28) and 1 control group (n=21). 

Measurement variables
  • Age

  • Nationality

  • Neighborhood

  • Education level

  • Perceived stress

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Stimulation and self-care/resilience strategies

Research questions
  • What is the impact of the program on the reduction of perceived prenatal stress and anxiety?

  • What is the impact of the program on the promulgation of self-care/resilience strategies? 

  • Do participating mothers learn neuroscientific information that is useful for stimulating their children in the home?

  • What is the assessment that participating mothers make of the program?

Measurement instruments
  • Scale of perceived stress

  • GAD-7 Spanish version

  • Scale of self-care/resilience/network support

  • Questionnaire on strategies of language stimulation

  • Retell, Identify, Record, Contextualize (RIRC) Test that measures social appropriation of knowledge

  • Focus group

Participant Testimonies

“It brought me peace.  I relaxed and I learned that I have to relax more because I am very stressed.”

“From the first session I got the relaxation that I needed.  I am happy because I connected with my baby and above all I’m happy for the new friendships I am making.”

“Before everything I saw…everything seemed negative.  Everything bothered me, irritated me, made me angry.  Now, no.  Now I find meaning in everything…” 

“I like the part about the limbic brain…the emotional states that we pass through.  We have to try to control these emotions, and in this way we can practice what we learned and pass it on to our children.”

“For me, the ghost child…I identified with that story.  I was born premature after just seven months when my father beat my mother with a stick in the stomach.  If one can feel in the womb everything that happened before birth…  I was also − it makes me ashamed to say − raped by my stepfather, by different men.  Then, these are things that marked me a lot.  I never really understood my personality, my way of being…why so aggressive or why such a lack of self-esteem.  I always saw myself as kind of dumb because I didn’t understand.  Then, that day I heard that story and I kept quiet…I didn’t say a thing, but yes I understood so many things. And I realized that I was repeating the same with my daughter, my oldest daughter.  Many times I get back at her…for everything.”

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