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Herman S, Adkins M, Moon RY. Knowledge and beliefs of African-American and American Indian parents and supporters about infant safe sleep. J Community Health. 2015;40(1):12-19. Access Abstract

NPM: 5: Safe Sleep
Intervention Components (click on component to see a list of all articles that use that intervention): Group Education, Access, Community-Based Group Education, Sleep Environment Modification
Intervention Description: To investigate, by using qualitative methods, beliefs among African-American and American Indian families about infant safe sleep practices, barriers to acceptance of prevention recommendations, and more effective messaging strategies.
Primary Outcomes: N/A
Conclusion: Adherence with safe sleep recommendations may be enhanced if health care providers and educational materials discussed rationale underlying recommendations and addressed common parental concerns. It may be beneficial to target educational interventions towards fathers, as they may be untapped sources in implementing safe sleep practices.
Study Design: N/A
Significant Findings: Yes
Setting: Focus Groups
Data Source: Mother and supporters participating in focus groups
Sample Size: 73 participants
Age Range: Mean age for the participants was 24.9 years for the mothers and 30.7 years for the supporters, and mean age for the children was 5.6 months for both groups.


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.