Interventions to improve breastfeeding attitudes among college students

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2023-05

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Arreola, Bianca

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Breastfeeding is the optimal choice of nutrition for infants as there are numerous health, immunological, and psychological benefits that breastfeeding provides for both mothers and infants. The benefits of breastfeeding are known, however, there are individual and social factors that contribute to mothers feeling worried or nervous about breastfeeding in public; therefore, social support is a key component to mothers achieving their breastfeeding goals. Improving attitudes toward breastfeeding in general, and public breastfeeding in particular, may indirectly provide such social support, which would hopefully create a more welcoming society for breastfeeding mothers. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of brief interventions in improving attitudes toward breastfeeding among college students. Participants received an information-based, image-based, or information plus image-based breastfeeding intervention (or a control non-breastfeeding intervention). They then completed measures of their attitudes towards breastfeeding in general, attitudes toward breastfeeding in public, and breastfeeding knowledge. Results from this study show that the participants did not differ in their breastfeeding attitudes or knowledge following the interventions.

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A Thesis Submitted In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of MASTER OF ARTS in CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY Department of Psychology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

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