Research into Body Shaming in Pregnancy needs volunteers!

It’s been a little while since I’ve put out a call for research participants! This study comes from Kayleigh, a PhD student at Liverpool Hope University, doing research into body shaming in pregnancy. I’m delighted to say that I’ve checked with her, and in this instance, if you’ve a high BMI but no other medical concerns in pregnancy, you fit under the definition of ‘low-risk pregnancy’ for the purposes of the study! Completing the questionnaires is estimated to take approximately 20 minutes.

Here’s an explanation of the study from the researcher:

A wide range of factors have been found to play a role in the development of negative body image, with the relationship between sociocultural pressure to be thin and increased body dissatisfaction being a major contributor (Blowers et al., 2003). According to a meta-analysis by Cash & Deagle (1997), the body image construct includes a perceptual component which corresponds to the accuracy with which an individual can judge the physical dimensions of their own bodies, and an attitudinal component related to their feelings and thoughts about their body, which may be negative or positive.

Research suggests that in pregnancy, negative body image can negatively impact on maternal-fetal attachment and feeding intention rates.

Outline of the research

This research will investigate the relationship between body shaming in pregnancy and body dissatisfaction levels in pregnant women.

It will also examine whether increased levels of body dissatisfaction predicts levels of attachment between the mother and the baby and whether or not the mother intends to breastfeed her baby.

These questionnaires are designed to assess how you feel about your pregnant body, how you talk about your body to your peers, the bond you feel towards your baby and your thoughts about how you’d like to feed your baby. It should be noted that these questionnaires are NOT diagnostic tools.

There will be 4 short questionnaires asked at two different stages throughout the
pregnancy.

The questionnaires are:
Fat Talk Questionnaire (FTQ) – this questionnaire was designed by Royal et al. (2014) and was developed as a measure to capture the frequency of fat talk behaviour in women when talking to their peers.
Body Understanding Measure for Pregnancy Scale (BUMPS) – this questionnaire is designed to measure body satisfaction in pregnancy, weight gain concerns and the physical burdens of pregnancy (Kirk & Preston, 2019).
The Maternal Antenatal Attachment Scale (MAAS) – this questionnaire is designed to assess the mother’s attachment with the unborn child (Condon, 1985).
Antenatal breastfeeding practices – there are three questions regarding intention to feed your baby. These questions have been taken from an existing study (Mueffelmann et al., 2015).

The first time the questionnaires will be completed will be between 12 and 24 weeks gestation. The second will be 6-8 weeks after this.

What will my participation in the research involve?

At two different time intervals during your pregnancy, you will be asked to complete the 4 questionnaires reported above via Qualtrics online.

It will typically take around 20 minutes to complete the questionnaires.

Will there be any incentive to complete the questionnaires?

Sadly not, as this is a PhD project, not a funded study.

How can I get involved?

Please contact Kayleigh Champion 20209305@hope.ac.uk to sign up, or for more info!

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