Month: January 2018

Maggie Receives Buffett Travel Grant!

Maggie Receives Buffett Travel Grant!

Maggie Butler, a first year PhD student, received the Buffet Institute for Global Studies’ Graduate Student Conference Travel Award for her upcoming attendance to the Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (March 21-23, 2018). She will be sharing preliminary qualitative analyses […]

Nurse-Facilitated HIV Disclosure Intervention

Nurse-Facilitated HIV Disclosure Intervention

There are many reasons why someone living with HIV may choose not to disclose their status. However, HIV disclosure has been found to be beneficial for many reasons, ranging from increased social support to decreased transmission. Therefore, at clinics in coastal Tanzania, we offered postpartum […]

Exclusive Breastfeeding Social Support Scale Published

Exclusive Breastfeeding Social Support Scale Published

Our paper on the development and validation of an Exclusive Breastfeeding Social Support (EBFSS) scale was published this week in Maternal and Child Nutrition. This is exciting because it is the first instrument that distinguishes social support for ANY breastfeeding from that for EXCLUSIVE breastfeeding. The scale was developed using data from the PreNAPS and PostNAPS studies in Gulu, Uganda, and techniques used for scale development included exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, along with multiple validation techniques. Ultimately, three dimensions of support emerged: instrumental, emotional, and informational. We are looking forward to others validating the scale in other settings!