Gaining a Voice: A Study of the Breastfeeding Experiences of a Select Group of Educated, Low-income, Minority Women Supported by Peer Counselors
Review TypeNone: Degree-based Submission
Repository Posting Date2019-09-25T14:58:00Z
Author(s)Locklin, Maryanne Phyllis
Author DetailsDr. Maryanne Phyllis Locklin, RN, PhD
Level of EvidenceGrounded Theory
Research ApproachQualitative Research
CINAHL HeadingsPerception; Empowerment; Life Experiences; Women; Breast Feeding; Blacks; Hispanics; Perception--Evaluation; Empowerment--Evaluation; Life Experiences--Evaluation
This grounded theory study describes the experiences of a small select group of educated, low-income, culturally diverse women who were supported by peer counselors/breastfeeding advocates in their communities as they attempted to breastfeed. The study explores their issues and concerns. In-depth interview data from seventeen women (ten African-American and seven Latina) were analyzed, using constant comparative analysis. Findings from the study indicated that the perception of successful breastfeeding can have an empowering effect on women when support for their endeavors are gender--and culturally--appropriate, The five themes that emerged as primary descriptors of the experience were Making the Discovering, Seeking a Connection, Comforting Each Other, Becoming Empowered, and Telling the World. The themes build on one another and integrate into the final theme, Telling the World. This final theme best illustrates a substantive theory derived from the data. The knowledge generated by this study will enable health care professionals to be more creative in their approaches to cultural breastfeeding issues and to understand the role that peer counseling plays in providing support to breastfeeding women.
DescriptionThis dissertation has also been disseminated through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. Dissertation/thesis number: 9509235; ProQuest document ID: 304136389. The author still retains copyright.
Degree GrantorRush University
NotesThis item has not gone through this repository's peer-review process, but has been accepted by the indicated university or college in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the specified degree.
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