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ERIC Number: EJ834902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1981
Psychosocial Determinants of the Early Introduction of Complementary Foods
Tatone-Tokuda, Fabiola; Dubois, Lise; Girard, Manon
Health Education & Behavior, v36 n2 p302-320 2009
Infant feeding guidelines recommend exclusive breast-feeding to the age of 6 months; complementary foods should not be introduced before this age. This study examined parent and infant psychosocial determinants of the early introduction of complementary foods. Analyses were conducted on a representative sample of children born in Quebec (Canada) in 1998 (n = 2,223), surveyed through the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development. Of the children, 61% received complementary foods prior to the age of 4 months. A multiple logistic regression analysis revealed the early introduction of complementary foods was more likely when mothers were younger, less educated, of lower socioeconomic class, and when they felt they had little influence on their child's development. Higher parental confidence in caring for the infant was also associated with the early introduction of complementary foods (p [less than or equal] 0.05). Future research must carefully consider the psychosocial aspects involved in adhering to infant feeding guidelines. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada