n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Assessing the influence of stress, work and age on coping behaviour pattern of selected breast-feeding mothers in Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria.




This study investigated the influence of stress, age and work on the coping behaviour of breast-feeding mothers. A total of three hundred breast-feeding mothers with age ranged between 17-40 years, mean age 23.6 years and SD 11.2 were randomly selected from five different maternity clinics in Ekpoma metropolis and its environs. Two major psychological instruments, Breast-Feeding Associated Distress scale (BFDS) and Coping Behaviour Inventory (CBI) designed by the researcher were administered on the respondents. Results show that breast-feeding mothers with low distress coped better than mothers with high distress F =49.3, (P>.05). Old nursing mothers coped less than younger mothers, F =4.17, (P<.05). Working mothers coped better than non-working mothers, F =5.43, (P<.05). There was no interaction effect between stress, age and work on coping among breast-feeding mothers (P>. 05). The implication of the study is that there is need to reduce stress associated with breast-feeding. Also mothers should be encouraged, educated and properly enlightened to breastfeed their babies adequately, on demand, effectively and regularly to improve maternal and child health.


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