Infant sleep position: discerning knowledge from practice

Am J Health Behav. Nov-Dec 2007;31(6):573-82. doi: 10.5555/ajhb.2007.31.6.573.


Objective: To determine decision-making factors for infant sleep position among low-income parents and other relatives.

Methods: Data were collected from 18 focus groups conducted with low-income parents and relatives of infants across the state of Missouri.

Results: That the decision-making process regarding infant sleep practices was complex.

Conclusion: Although most participants are familiar with the "Back to Sleep" campaign, there was a lack of understanding over why nonprone sleep is necessary, and the change in this message over time added to the parents' uncertainty.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Parents
  • Posture*
  • Sleep*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Sudden Infant Death / epidemiology