Maternal locus of control and infant feeding choice : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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dc.contributor.advisor Chezem, Jo Carol en_US Clark, Heidi L. en_US 2011-06-06T18:35:51Z 2011-06-06T18:35:51Z 1998 en_US 1998
dc.identifier.other A-203 en_US
dc.description.abstract As extensive research indicates, breastfeeding is the optimal infant feeding method. A breastfed infant is much less likely to develop illnesses in infancy and early childhood such as ear infections, pneumonia, and diarrhea. Because breastfeeding is such an effective and inexpensive form of preventive medicine, those in the health care field-particularly the area of nutrition--are extremely interested in improving the breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in the United States and other countries.As an individual studying in the area of nutrition (dietetics), and as a mother, I am very interested in improving the breastfeeding rates in this country, and in understanding what makes a woman select one method of infant feeding over another.In my studies here at Ball State, I have heard and read about Julian Rotter's theory of Locus of Control. It is a psychological theory which divides individuals into two categories--those who are internally motivated and those who are externally motivated. Those who are internally motivated believe that they are in control of their lives and they assume responsibility for consequences. Those with an external locus of control believe that their lives are controlled by outside forces (i.e., God, fate, luck etc.).To better understand the motivating factors, which influence a woman’s infant feeding choice, this study, examines locus of control in pregnant women who have made a decision concerning how they intend to feed their newborn children. My intent was to connect a theory explaining personality to the choices made by women in order to better understand the many motivational factors which influence women to breastfeed or to formula-feed. A better understanding of these factors will lead to a more effective way of educating women concerning the benefits of breastfeeding.
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.format.extent 13 leaves ; 29 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Nutrition. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ball State University. Honors College -- Theses (B.?) -- 1998. en_US
dc.title Maternal locus of control and infant feeding choice : an honors thesis (HONRS 499) en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis Thesis (B.?.)
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    Honors theses submitted to the Honors College by Ball State University undergraduate students in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

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