Caitlin is a first-time, 21-year-old mom with a 3-month-old son, Tony. They are living with her 55-year-old mother in a three-bedroom townhouse. Although Caitlin's mother provides some support, Caitlin is very nervous about caring for her son. Tony becomes fussy at times, and Caitlin struggles to understand his cues and to soothe him. Janice, a home visitor with Early Head Start, discussed infant massage with Caitlin during her weekly home visit. Janice explained that infant massage could be beneficial for Caitlin and Tony's bonding and may help her comfort and calm him. Caitlin was receptive to learning more.
Janice demonstrated by laying a blanket on the floor and using a doll to model for Caitlin. Caitlin brought Tony over to the blanket and positioned him just as Janice had done with the doll. Janice explained how Caitlin can rely on Tony to let her know how he feels about the massage. If Tony enjoys the massage, she can continue, but if he shows that he no longer wants the massage or has another need (such as a dirty diaper, hunger, fatigue, or needing a cuddle), she should follow his lead and stop the massage. As Caitlin stroked Tony, he smiled and engaged with her. Janice commented to Caitlin about what a nice conversation she was having with Tony. Caitlin smiled and said, "I think he likes it."
Which Protective Factors Are Presenting in the Scenario?
Select the correct answers below.
Correct. Caitlin is providing Tony with infant massage.
Correct. Caitlin is willing to learn how she can best respond to Tony, including infant massage and listening to her child's cues.
Incorrect. How can Caitlin enhance her parental resilience?
Correct. Caitlin lives with her mother and she is currently enrolled in Early Head Start, where the family will receive home visits to care for Tony.
Correct. Caitlin lives in a townhome with her mother and son.
Incorrect. Tony is 3 months old; additionally, Caitlin will learn more about his cues through the infant massage.