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The role of the mother-child interaction as a factor in nursing caries (ECC): a preliminary communication
 

Type:  Articles

Pubblication date:  06/2004

Authors:  A. Stevens*, R. Freeman**

Language:  English

Institution:  *Community Dental Services, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust **Division of Paediatric and Preventive Dentistry and Dental Public Health, School of Dentistry, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Publication:  European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry

Publisher:  Ariesdue Srl

Keywords:  Early Childhood Caries, Grounded theory, Parent-child interactions

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Title:  The role of the mother-child interaction as a factor in nursing caries (ECC): a preliminary communication

Abstract:  Aim This was to investigate the role of the mother-child interaction as a factor in nursing caries. Methods A convenience sample of 34 parents whose children had been diagnosed with nursing caries (Early Childhood Caries, ECC) was gathered. A series of non-structured interviews with parents were conducted. The interviews were transcribed and analysed using Grounded Theory. Results The overarching category which explained the basic social process associated with nursing caries was ‘nursing caries mothering’. The three categories which emerged characterised the basic social process of ‘nursing caries mothering’ were regressive mothering, culpable mothering and convenience mothering. Conclusion ECC is characterised by regressive mothering, culpable mothering and convenience mothering. In each of these typologies the bottle once used to nourish the baby has become imbued with other behaviours and meanings. An awareness of these meanings of what the breast/bottle have come to represent should be incorporated and form a central strand of a joined-up health promotion approach.

 
 
 
 
 
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