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Key elements of the research process during secondary analysis of the millennium cohort study: researching relationships between mothers’ pre-pregnancy body mass index and breastfeeding behaviors

Campbell, Tammy and Shackleton, Nichola (2020) Key elements of the research process during secondary analysis of the millennium cohort study: researching relationships between mothers’ pre-pregnancy body mass index and breastfeeding behaviors. SAGE Research Methods Cases. Sage, London, UK. ISBN 9781529740097

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Identification Number: 10.4135/9781529740097

Abstract

In this case study, we describe some of the key analytical stages and decision-making processes during a research project comprising secondary analyses of the U.K. Millennium Cohort Study. Our work examined relationships between maternal body mass index (BMI) and breastfeeding behaviors. We discuss the development of our research: from familiarization with and appraisal of the proposed dataset; to choosing and recoding variables; to honing our conceptual framework and fitting the data to the research questions; to analysis, reporting, and discussing findings. While describing key stages, we also emphasize the iterative, messy, and nonlinear realities of conducting a research project using secondary data. We discuss crucial points to be aware of in this type of work and lessons learned: such as the need to update and revise coding, analyses, and interpretations in light of discussion, reflection, and external feedback.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://methods.sagepub.com/Search/SavedSearch/5220
Additional Information: © 2020 Sage
Divisions: Social Policy
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2020 12:00
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 07:45
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/105282

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