September/October 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 5 - Contributor Index

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Influences on Infant Feeding: Perceptions of Mother-Father Parent Dyads

Majee, Wilson; Thullen, Matthew J.; Davis, Alexandra N.; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(5):289-294, September/October 2017.

This study includes 24 mother-father parent dyads who were interviewed about potential influences on their infant and toddler feeding practices. Parents offered a number of influencing factors including peer behavior reinforcement, suggestions from grandparents, healthcare provider infant feeding support, workplace flexibility, public perception on breastfeeding, and social media. Nurses can use these data to engage parents in healthy infant and toddler feeding.

Parent Education is Changing: A Review of Smartphone Apps

Davis, Deborah Winders; Logsdon, M. Cynthia; Vogt, Krista; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(5):248-256, September/October 2017.

A critique of 46 parenting apps available in a commonly used online app store is presented using established criteria and health literacy guidelines. Many of the apps do not offer details of the source of their information and there was limited functionality, with none providing a customized experience. Mobile health solutions require rigorous research before nurses can recommend them as valid and reliable avenues for parent education.

The New Parent Checklist: A Tool to Promote Parental Reflection

Keys, Elizabeth M.; McNeil, Deborah A.; Wallace, Donna A.; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(5):276-282, September/October 2017.

A new parent checklist was developed and tested in a three-phase process. Information provided in the checklist on parenting, relationships, and personal and family needs can be a valuable resource in reducing parental knowledge gaps, particularly those related to psychosocial support.