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An evaluation of two guidance programmes to promote breast-feeding

M. Steyn, A.S.P. Swanepoel, L.J. Rossouw, M.L. Langenhoven, P.L. Jooste
Curationis | Vol 12, No 3/4 | a244 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v12i3/4.244 | © 1989 M. Steyn, A.S.P. Swanepoel, L.J. Rossouw, M.L. Langenhoven, P.L. Jooste | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 September 1989 | Published: 26 September 1989

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M. Steyn, RM, Dip. Paediatric Nursing, Dip. Clinical Care, Administration and Instruction, B.A. Honn (Soc.), Institute for Communication Research, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
A.S.P. Swanepoel, Department o f Health Services and Welfare: Administration House o f Assembly, R.S.A., South Africa
L.J. Rossouw, B.Sc. Honn (Med.), Formerly: Heart Foundation o f Southern Africa, South Africa
M.L. Langenhoven, Research Institute fo r Nutritional Diseases, South African, South Africa
P.L. Jooste, Ph.D., B.Sc. Honn (Clin. Epidemiology), Research Institute fo r Nutritional Diseases, South African Medical Research Council, South Africa

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During the past ten years a comprehensive research project has been undertaken to develop a guidance programme in three adjacent communities in the South- Western Cape with the aim o f lowering the high incidence o f coronary heart disease. The purpose o f this substudy was to determine whether the guidance provided in the different communities had any influence on the knowledge o f and attitudes towards the nutrition o f pregnant women, babies and infants as well as breast-feeding practices o f the women who gave birth during the period 1980 to 1986. In the first community guidance was provided by means o f small mass media and interpersonal communication whereas only the small mass media were employed in the second. The third served as the control community. The findings suggest that the combined interpersonal and mass media programme was more successful than the mass media programme alone.


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