Personal and environmental factors encouraging or preventing healthy lifestyle behaviours among Persian couples: a phenomenological investigation.

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Abbasi, M., Bewley, C. and van den Akker, O. 2011. Personal and environmental factors encouraging or preventing healthy lifestyle behaviours among Persian couples: a phenomenological investigation. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 29 (2), pp. 136-147. https://doi.org/10.1080/02646838.2011.555910
TypeArticle
TitlePersonal and environmental factors encouraging or preventing healthy lifestyle behaviours among Persian couples: a phenomenological investigation.
AuthorsAbbasi, M., Bewley, C. and van den Akker, O.
Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to qualitatively assess the socio-culturally and religion-driven lived experiences before, during and after pregnancy from Persian men and women’s perspectives using descriptive phenomenological analysis. This study also assessed the application of components of sociocognitive theory on couples’ lifestyle behaviours.
Background: Social and cultural influences on preconception, pregnancy and postnatal behaviours of women have been acknowledged in the research literature, but remain understudied in men and in countries driven by strong religious and cultural influences.
Methods: A descriptive phenomenological approach was employed using 16 participants (8 male and 8 female), recruited from an Obstetric Hospital Clinic in Iran. Data were analysed by means of thematic content analysis.
Results: Five major themes were identified, incorporating positive and negative dimensions to enhancing healthy pre- and perinatal lifestyle behaviours: access to information regarding lifestyles; external obstacles to healthy lifestyle behaviours; personal constraints; factors influencing quality of life; and factors encouraging healthy lifestyles.
Conclusion: Analysis revealed that lifestyle behaviours before, during and after pregnancy were influenced by a number of interrelating factors involving personal, socio-cultural/environmental and psychological variables, with cultural norms prevailing over Western medical advice. These findings may inform culturally diverse health care systems and be useful in formulating
recommendations for policies to improve future quality of care.

Research GroupApplied Health Psychology group
PublisherTaylor and Francis
JournalJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
ISSN0264-6838
Publication dates
Print01 Jan 2011
Publication process dates
Deposited21 Feb 2011
Output statusPublished
Copyright Statement

Post-refereed version, embargoed according to Publishers requirements till 2013.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02646838.2011.555910
LanguageEnglish
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