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Infant Care Practices among Resettled Refugee Mothers from East and Central Africa

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Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, University of Toulouse Capitole, 31080 Toulouse CEDEX 06, France
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Institute of Agriculture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
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Department of Child & Family Studies, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
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Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
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Department of Psychology, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
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Received: 4 May 2020 / Revised: 27 May 2020 / Accepted: 13 June 2020 / Published: 17 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Global and Public Health)
Refugees often parent under extreme circumstances. Parenting practices have implications for child outcomes, and parenting in the context of refugee resettlement is likely to be dynamic as parents negotiate a new culture. This study examined African origin mothers’ infant care values and practices related to feeding, carrying, and daily activities following resettlement in the Southeastern region of the U.S. Ten African origin mothers were asked about their infant care practices through semi-structured interviews. Results indicated that mothers valued breastfeeding but often chose to use formula as a supplement or instead of breastfeeding. In addition, participants valued carrying their infants close to the body but used equipment such as strollers. Mothers expressed that perceptions of American culture and rules, social support, interactions with community agencies, and the need to engage in formal employment were factors that influenced their infant care practices. View Full-Text
Keywords: refugee; infancy; parenting; Sub-Saharan Africa refugee; infancy; parenting; Sub-Saharan Africa
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Bader, L.R.; Ward, J.; Fouts, H.N.; Jaekel, J. Infant Care Practices among Resettled Refugee Mothers from East and Central Africa. Children 2020, 7, 63. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7060063

AMA Style

Bader LR, Ward J, Fouts HN, Jaekel J. Infant Care Practices among Resettled Refugee Mothers from East and Central Africa. Children. 2020; 7(6):63. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7060063

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Bader, Lauren R., Jennifer Ward, Hillary N. Fouts, and Julia Jaekel. 2020. "Infant Care Practices among Resettled Refugee Mothers from East and Central Africa" Children 7, no. 6: 63. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7060063

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