Women's knowledge, views, and experiences regarding alcohol use and pregnancy: Opportunities to improve health messages.

Principal Author: 
Eleka, E., Harrisa, S.L., Squirea, C.M., Margolisa, M., Weberb, M.K., Dangb
Year of Publication: 
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Abstract: 

This focus group research
study examined women's knowledge and beliefs about alcohol consumption and its
risks during pregnancy along with related perceptions of social influences and
information sources in order to inform future messaging. The study included 20 focus
groups of 149 reproductive-age women segmented by age, pregnancy status, and
race/ethnicity.
Women
acknowledged the risks and consequences of drinking alcohol during pregnancy,
but many held common misconceptions. Some women continued to drink during
pregnancy or expressed intent to continue drinking until pregnancy
confirmation. Findings indicated that women's partners, families, and friends
influence women's decisions to drink or abstain from alcohol. In addition,
health care providers and the Internet act as important sources of health
information for women but sometimes do not adequately educate them about the
risks of alcohol use and pregnancy.

Citation:

Eleka, E., Harrisa, S.L., Squirea, C.M., Margolisa, M., Weberb, M.K., Dangb,
E.P., & Mitchellb, B. (2013). Women's knowledge, views, and experiences regarding
alcohol use and pregnancy: Opportunities to improve health messages. American
Journal of Health Education
, 44(4), 177-190. DOI: 10.1080/19325037.2013.768906


Link to article: 
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19325037.2013.768906#.UdSI1ryOXNc