The use of attitude-behaviour model to predict perinatal health behaviours among primiparae

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The use of attitude-behaviour model to predict perinatal health behaviours among primiparae


Author: Yiu, Po-chu Ivy
Title: The use of attitude-behaviour model to predict perinatal health behaviours among primiparae
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1997
Subject: Childbirth -- Study and teaching -- China -- Hong Kong
Maternal health services -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Pages: viii, 112 leaves : ill. ; 31 cm
Language: English
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Abstract: Antenatal health education has been an important component of Hong Kong's Family Health Services. Yet, the lack of a theoretical framework on the determinants of perinatal health behaviour has posed problems in evaluating the effectiveness of the programme and recommending for improvement. In this study, the Theory of Planned Behaviour was used to identify the factors determining perinatal health behaviours. A total of 130 primiparae giving birth in a regional hospital were interviewed in person using structured questionnaires to assess their perinatal health behaviours and their determinants. Telephone follow-up interviews were made to ascertain late postnatal behaviours. The relationships between components of the Theory were elucidated using multiple linear regression, where mean behavioural scores were regressed against intention, and intention against attitude, subjective norm and perceived behavioural control of the Theory. A path model was constructed which showed that attitude was a highly significant predictor of intention, while the latter was only moderately related to behaviour. To achieve favourable perinatal behaviours, attentions must be given to change the attitudes of the expectant mothers and to identify other 'residual' determinants. Recommendations were made to restructure existing antenatal health education programmes, remedy existing inadequacies, promote societal and legislative support of motherhood, and conduct further research to elucidate the relationships between the determinants of specific health behaviours.

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