Ethnotheories about breastfeeding and mother-infant interaction

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Relindis Dzeaye Yovsi

The case of sedentary Nso farmers and nomadic Fulani pastorals with their infants 3-6 months of age in Mbven sub Division of the Northwest province of Cameroon

ISBN 978-3-8258-6547-9
Band-Nr. 4
Jahr 2003
Seiten 240
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Studien zur Ethnopsychologie und Ethnopsychoanalyse


Parenting styles and predominantly the breastfeeding of
infants among the sedentary Nso farmers and nomadic Fulani
pastorals of Cameroon have been appraised in this book.
Breastfeeding is not only a process of infant feeding, but
also a parenting system which is practiced differently in
diverse cultures depending on the eco-cultural challenges.
The primary socialization goal of the two groups is the
health and survival of the child in a hazardous environment
with high infant mortality rate. Yet, their ideas about self
construal differ with the Nso following a more
interdependent developmental pathway and the Fulani
following a more individualistic pathway. The results are
discussed with respect to their applicability for supporting
breastfeeding in rural Africa, and also highlight how
parenting strategies carve out the different psychological
orientation profiles.

Relindis Dzeaye Yovsi is a research
associate at the Department of Culture and Development,
University of Osnabrück.