The role of mother-centered factors influencing the complex social behaviour of breastfeeding : social support and self-efficacy

Parkinson, Joy, Russell-Bennett, Rebekah, & Previte, Josephine (2010) The role of mother-centered factors influencing the complex social behaviour of breastfeeding : social support and self-efficacy. In Australian and New Zealand Marketing Conference : Doing More With Less (ANZMAC 2010), 29 November - 1 December 2010, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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This research investigated the role of mother-centred issues that influence breastfeeding behaviours. The need for social marketing research for breastfeeding is indicated by the fact that despite evidence of the health benefits to both the infant and mother of longer breastfeeding duration, rates in developed countries have failed to increase in recent decades. Breastfeeding is a complex behaviour that for many women involves barriers that influence their commitment to continue breastfeeding. Structural equation modelling was used on a sample of 405 respondents to an online survey. The analysis revealed that personal social support had a significant impact on breastfeeding self-efficacy, which in turn had a significant impact on breastfeeding behaviour. The findings and implications for both social marketing theory and practice are discussed.

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ID Code: 40864
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: social marketing, breastfeeding, loyalty, social support
ISBN: 9780473178208
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > MARKETING (150500) > Marketing Management (incl. Strategy and Customer Relations) (150503)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2011 00:13
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2011 06:21

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