Non-Verbal Mother-Child Communication in Conditions of Maternal HIV in an Experimental Environment
de Sousa Paiva, Simone
Galvão, Marli Teresinha Gimeniz
Pagliuca, Lorita Marlena Freitag
de Almeida, Paulo César
Revista latino-americana de enfermagem 2010 Jan-Feb; 18(1): 41-7
Non-verbal communication is predominant in the mother-child relation. This study aimed to analyze non-verbal mother-child communication in conditions of maternal HIV. In an experimental environment, five HIV-positive mothers were evaluated during care delivery to their babies of up to six months old. Recordings of the care were analyzed by experts, observing aspects of non-verbal communication, such as: paralanguage, kinesics, distance, visual contact, tone of voice, maternal and infant tactile behavior. In total, 344 scenes were obtained. After statistical analysis, these permitted inferring that mothers use non-verbal communication to demonstrate their close attachment to their children and to perceive possible abnormalities. It is suggested that the mothers infection can be a determining factor for the formation of mothers strong attachment to their children after birth.
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