Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Nursing (BSN)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Helen Taggart


Researchers have conducted multiple studies on the benefits of skin-to-skin (S2S) contact for infants and mothers, but few have been done to evaluate the benefits of S2S contact for fathers. This area needed further exploration with research focused more on fathers. Also, since researchers have primarily focused the studies on infants and mothers, nursing students are not often taught about how S2S contact benefits fathers or how their roles can help infants from birth throughout their lifetime. The purpose of this study had two goals. The first, to explore in greater detail how S2S contact benefited fathers and their infants. Secondly, nursing students learn about non-pharmacological interventions and family-centered care. Which is why it is important that nursing students need to know more about this topic, because it could serve as a useful tool in their future practice. Methodology used for this study was done by reviewing scientific literature on the topic and presenting the findings to Senior-one (S1) nursing students enrolled in the Women’s and Children’s Health course. A Retrospective Post-then-Pre-Design study method was used to assess the S1 nursing students’ prior and post level of knowledge, ranging from None to Expert and about the benefits and importance of skin-to-skin contact immediately after the presentation. Results showed that there were significant increases of knowledge among the nursing students following the presentation. There were limitations due to the sample size of students surveyed. Overall, the findings and discussion support the need for more comprehensive research to be done in this area.