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Chon, Ji, and Lee: Mothers' Parenting Experience of Premature Infants: Q Methodological Approach



This study was done to identify the parenting experience of mothers of premature infants in order to provide basic data for educational solutions and desirable directions.


Q-methodology was used as it provides a method of analyzing the subjectivity of each item. The participants were 33 mothers of premature infants who sorted 34 selected Q-statements which were then classified into the shape of a normal distribution using a 9-point scale. Subjectivity on parenting experience among the mothers was analyzed using the pc-QUANAL program.


Four types of parenting experience were identified. Type I was named 'struggling', type II, 'self blame', type III, 'information collecting', and type IV, 'self-introspection'.


The results of this study indicate that different approaches to educational programs are needed for mothers of premature infants based on the four types of parenting experience.

Figures and Tables

Table 1
Q statements on Parenting Experience and Z Scores (N=33)
Table 2
Eigen Value, Variance, and Cumulative Percentage
Table 3
Correlation Matrix between Types
Table 4
Demographic Characteristics and Factor Weight for P-sample (N=33)


This work was supported by Konkuk University in 2013.


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