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Negotiating cancer preventative health behaviours and adapting to motherhood: the role of technology in supporting positive health behaviours

Notley, C; Ward, E; Kassianos, AP; Kurti, A; Muirhead, F; Nostikasari, D; Payton, J; (2020) Negotiating cancer preventative health behaviours and adapting to motherhood: the role of technology in supporting positive health behaviours. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being , 15 (1) , Article 1811533. 10.1080/17482631.2020.1811533. Green open access

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Abstract

PURPOSE: Across the UK and USA, postpartum smoking relapse rates are high, and rates of breastfeeding and physical activity are low. This project aimed to explore these interrelated health behaviours and technology use, for intervention development to support postpartum cancer prevention. METHODS: Focus groups and interviews with 26 purposively selected women (15 in Vermont, USA and 11 in Norfolk, UK). Recruitment was from deprived areas experiencing multiple disadvantage. Qualitative data were thematically analysed from dual cultural perspectives, underpinned by the social ecological model. RESULTS: Women negotiate interrelated lifestyle behaviours as part of managing an identity in transition, moving through stages of disturbance, adaptation, acceptance and integration towards "becoming" a new Mother. Technology was integral to women's process of engagement with mothering identities. Intersectionality underpins complex patterns of interrelated behaviour. CONCLUSIONS: There is scope to improve electronic/digital support for postpartum women cross-nationally to promote interrelated cancer-preventative lifestyle behaviours. Abbreviations CDC: Center for Disease Control, US; PA: Physical activity; SES: Socioeconomic status; SVI: Social Vulnerability Index; UK: UK; US: USA; WIC: Women infants and children office.

Type: Article
Title: Negotiating cancer preventative health behaviours and adapting to motherhood: the role of technology in supporting positive health behaviours
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2020.1811533
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17482631.2020.1811533
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Cancer prevention, health inequalities, identity, motherhood, technological intervention
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Applied Health Research
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10110946
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