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Reliability and validity of the Romanian version of a scale to measure infant feeding attitudes and knowledge.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18627591     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
AIM: To describe the development and testing of the Romanian version of the Iowa Infant Feeding Attitude Scale (IIFAS-R). The original instrument has well-established psychometrics for use in English-speaking countries. METHODS: Questionnaires including demographics and items about prior pregnancy and opinions about breastfeeding in public were administered to women in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, attending antenatal clinic (n = 336) and to a separate cohort of mothers within 24 h of delivery (n = 276). Postpartum follow-up was conducted with a sample of maternity cohort subjects who initiated breastfeeding in the hospital (n = 52). RESULTS: Internal consistency was adequate in both cohorts (antenatal alpha= 0.50; maternity alpha= 0.63), with improved reliability for antenatal multigravid (alpha= 0.60) and university-educated women (alpha= 0.57). Score distributions were comparable and item means were approximately central across cohorts. Among pregnant women, higher scores (more positive towards breastfeeding) were associated with longer planned maternity leave (chi2= 17.8; p = 0.02). Higher maternity cohort scores were associated with age (r = 0.31, p = 0.003), urban residence (chi2= 10.2, p = 0.04), breastfeeding a prior infant for at least 6 weeks (chi2= 6.4, p = 0.04), and with intending to breastfeed for at least 6 weeks (chi2= 4.7, p = 0.03). Postpartum women still breastfeeding at follow-up also scored higher (chi2= 9.3, p = 0.009). CONCLUSION: This is the first study to report on use of the IIFAS in Eastern Europe. The IIFAS-R is easy to administer, reliable and valid in Romania. The IIFAS-R can support data collection to promote and assess breastfeeding initiatives consistent with World Health Organization recommendations.
Authors:
Anne Baber Wallis; Alexandra Brînzaniuc; Razvan Cherecheş; Florin Oprescu; Emanuela Sirlincan; Ioana David; Ioana Andreea Dîrle; Claibourne I Dungy
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)     Volume:  97     ISSN:  0803-5253     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr.     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-10     Completed Date:  2008-11-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205968     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr     Country:  Norway    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1194-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Epidemiology and Community & Behavioral Health, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA. anne-wallis@uiowa.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Breast Feeding*
Cohort Studies
Female
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Humans
Infant
Infant, Newborn
Mothers*
Pregnancy
Psychometrics
Questionnaires
Reproducibility of Results
Romania

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