Date of Graduation

Spring 2015

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Research Sponsor

Dr. Michele Enlow

First Reader

Dr. Marie Cobb

Second Reader

Karen Fitzgerald


Stress to an infant can inhibit the ability to properly feed and gain the nutrients that are essential for efficient growth. Mothers who are unaware of early hunger cues from their infant have the potential to stress the infant if their early hunger cues are not attended to. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of an educational hunger cues intervention on awareness in mothers with an infant. The following research question will be answered: Will new mothers who complete an educational intervention show increased awareness of hunger cues in their infants, in comparison to before the intervention? This quasi-experimental pre-test/post-test study is guided by Pender’s Health Promotion Theory. A convenience sample was recruited at a Midwest agency that provides support to women with infants. Demographic and pre-intervention data was collected from participants before taking part in an educational intervention about recognizing hunger cues of infants. Post-intervention data was immediately collected after the conclusion of the intervention. A dependent t-test was used to determine the effects of the intervention on awareness of hunger cues.