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18 p.

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Research and Theory for Nursing Practice

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doi: 10.1891/1541-6577.27.1.35; Shelves: RT1 .S36x Raynor Memorial Periodicals


Aim: The aim of this concept analysis is to create a clear definition and framework to guide weight self-management research and promotion of healthy weight selfmanagement during the postpartum period. Background: A woman’s ability to manage her weight through the postpartum transition has lifelong implications for her weight status. Methods: This concept analysis was guided by Walker and Avant (2005). A broad search of sources was performed, yielding 56 articles in which postpartum weight self-management was the main focus. Results: From consideration of the attributes of postpartum weight self-management, a descriptive, situation-specific theory emerged: Postpartum weight self-management is a process by which the transition to motherhood is viewed by the woman as an opportunity to intentionally engage in healthy weight self-management behaviors by minimizing the salient inhibitors and maximizing the salient facilitators to action. Conclusion: This analysis provides a clarification of the process concept of postpartum weight self-management and its consequences, giving direction for measurement, clinical application, and further research. Future nursing interventions and research should be aimed at helping women to view the postpartum period as a normative transition in which they have the opportunity to take charge of their own health and the health of their family.


Accepted version. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, Vol. 27, No. 1 (2013): 35-52. DOI. © 2013 Springer. Used with permission.

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