ERIC Number: ED113106
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug-24
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The Concept of Mothercraft as Related to Infant Health in Urban and Rural Settings.
Slesinger, Doris P.
The concept of "mothercraft" can be influenced by the sociocultural environment and the individual mother and her attributes. This study examined the differences in mothering between those who live in urban areas and those who live in rural areas. Although the study drew on work currently in progress on the relationship between mothering and infant health, the focus was on the mother's characteristics and her social setting. Both an urban and rural sample were chosen, using the resources of the City of Milwaukee Department of Health and the county public health nurses of 4 Wisconsin nonmetropolitan counties. The nurses selected families with whom they had had some prior contact, who had had a baby within the past 3 months, and where the mothers were willing to be interviewed about themselves and their baby's health. Data were obtained through interviews with 101 mothers in Milwaukee and 47 in the rural areas and from the nurses' observations and evaluations. Some findings were: there was more of a tendency to have "traditional" family patterns such as being married, going to church, and running a home with more regular schedules for the baby's eating and sleeping patterns in rural areas; the rural nurses evaluated their mothers higher on quality of mothercraft than did the urban nurses; and there were no differences in the utilization of medical services. (NQ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin