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

Notley, Caitlin and Ward, Emma and Kassianos, Angelos P. and Kurti, Allison and Muirhead, Fiona and Nostikasari, Dian and Payton, Jamie and Spears, Claire Adams (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 & Well-being, 15 (1). 1811533.

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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.