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dc.contributor.authorAdegbayi, A.
dc.contributor.authorScally, A.
dc.contributor.authorLesk, Valerie E.
dc.contributor.authorStewart-Knox, Barbara
dc.date.accessioned2023-05-16T07:00:39Z
dc.date.accessioned2023-06-12T10:41:34Z
dc.date.available2023-05-16T07:00:39Z
dc.date.available2023-06-12T10:41:34Z
dc.date.issued2023-06
dc.identifier.citationAdegbayi A, Scally A, Lesk VE et al (2023) A survey of breastfeeding attitudes and health locus of control in the Nigerian population. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 27(6): 1060-1069.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/19452
dc.descriptionYesen_US
dc.description.abstractBreastfeeding is important to infant health and survival in sub-Saharan Africa. To promote breastfeeding effectively, understanding of psychological factors associated with infant feeding choices is required. This study investigated breastfeeding attitudes and health locus of control (HLoC) in a Nigerian community sample. Men and women (N=400) (71% female; mean age 34.2 years/ range 18–86 years) were recruited through community groups in Nigeria. Self-report survey by questionnaire measured breastfeeding attitudes using the Iowa Infant Feeding Attitude Scale (IIFAS) and health locus of control using the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale (MHLoCs). IIFAS scores (mean=57.7; sd=7.8) became less favourable with increasing age (p=0.02). Men had higher IIFAS scores (mean=58.6; sd=7.6) than women (mean=56.6; sd=8.0) indicating more favourable attitudes toward breastfeeding (p=0.02). Women scored higher than men on external chance HLoC (ECHLoC) (p=0.003) and external powerful others HLoC (EPHLoC) (p=0.02). Increasing age was associated with higher scores on ECHLoC (p<0.01) and EPHLoC (p<0.01). Multiple linear regression analysis was significant (p<0.001) and explained 7.8% of variance in breastfeeding attitude. Lower IIFAS scores, reflecting more negative attitudes to breastfeeding, were associated with higher ECHLoC (p<0.01) and EPOHLoC (p<0.05). Higher IIFAS scores, reflecting more positive attitudes to breastfeeding, were associated with greater IHLoC (p<0.01). Neither age nor gender were associated with IIFAS scores in the final model. This implies a need to explore health locus of control when promoting positive attitudes to breastfeeding and supporting families in breastfeeding advocacy.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.rights(c) 2023 The Authors. This is an Open Access article distributed under the Creative Commons CC-BY license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).en_US
dc.subjectBreastfeedingen_US
dc.subjectIowa infant feeding attitude scaleen_US
dc.subjectAttitudesen_US
dc.subjectHealth locus of controlen_US
dc.subjectNigeriaen_US
dc.subjectSurveyen_US
dc.titleA survey of breastfeeding attitudes and health locus of control in the Nigerian populationen_US
dc.status.refereedYesen_US
dc.date.Accepted2023-03-16
dc.date.application2023-04-08
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.versionPublished versionen_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-023-03638-z
dc.rights.licenseCC-BYen_US
dc.date.updated2023-05-16T07:00:40Z
refterms.dateFOA2023-06-12T10:44:11Z
dc.openaccess.statusopenAccessen_US


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