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Dialogic voices in talk about drinking and pregnancy
Journal of Applied Communication Research (2004)
  • Leslie A. Baxter, University of Iowa
  • Randy Hirokawa
  • John B. Lowe
  • Peter Nathan
  • Liz Pearce
Alcohol use during pregnancy poses a significant risk of fetal alcohol syndrome. This study presents the interpretive findings of the formative research phase of a funded grant to develop a community-based public health media campaign on the topic of drinking during pregnancy. In the initial wave of data collection, 50 rural women were recruited from four Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinics in southeastern Iowa to participate in semi-structured interviews. In the second wave, 10 additional WIC clients were interviewed for member-checking purposes. Findings revealed two competing discourses that organized these women's attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors surrounding drinking and pregnancy: the discourse of individualism and the discourse of responsible motherhood. These two discourses offer opposing normative guidelines for talk among their close female relatives and friends. The implications of these findings for designing a community-based media campaign are discussed.
Publication Date
August, 2004
Citation Information
Leslie A. Baxter, Randy Hirokawa, John B. Lowe, Peter Nathan, et al.. "Dialogic voices in talk about drinking and pregnancy" Journal of Applied Communication Research Vol. 32 Iss. 3 (2004)
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