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Publication Date

October 1, 2005


Journal Article

Identifying Healthy Eating Strategies in Low-Income Pregnant Women: Applying a Positive Deviance Model

By Fowles E, Hendricks J, Walker L


Using positive deviance methodology, we identified strategies that enabled some low-income pregnant women to eat healthy meals while others did not. We used a descriptive design consisting of small group interviews of low-income pregnant women and identified 6 of 18 women as eating healthy diets. Women with healthy diets knew to eat balanced meals, had family support, were willing to prepare foods that were different than other family members, and ate at home more frequently than women with unhealthy diets. Health care providers can use the positive deviance approach to guide the development of interventions to improve women‘s diets using community-specific solutions to enhance the health of mothers and infants.

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March 21, 2018

Fowles, E, Hendricks, J, & Walker, L 2005, 'Identifying healthy eating strategies in low-income pregnant women: applying a positive deviance model', healthcare For Women International, 26, 9, pp. 807-820. Available online: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Identifying+healthy+eating+strategies+in+low-income+pregnant+women+applying+a+positive+deviance+model