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close this bookPositive Deviance in Child Nutrition - with Emphasis on Psychosocial and Behavioural Aspects and Implications for Development (UNU, 1990, 153 pages)
close this folderResearch considerations
View the documentIntroduction and purpose
View the documentUnderlying assumptions or hypotheses for research in positive deviance
View the documentRelationship of positive-deviance research to epidemiological methods
View the documentDefinition of terms and specification of research goals
View the documentThree-stage research and pilot-project model
View the documentResearch design for stage 1
View the documentA conceptual framework for the design of positive-deviance studies
View the documentImportant variables: results of the positive-deviance mail survey
View the documentMicro-level variables measuring caretaker-child interactions
View the documentVariables measuring maternal characteristics and socio-cultural support
View the documentMeasuring growth
View the documentControlling for socio-economic status
View the documentLimiting the number of covariables: restriction by age and topic
View the documentRationale for existing behaviours and social structures
View the documentTimeline for change
View the documentNutrition and infection
View the documentManagement of multidisciplinary teams

Timeline for change

Some factors contributing to positive deviance go back to the childhood of the parents or to earlier circumstances in the history of the parents or to earlier circumstances in the history of the family or the subculture. Cross-sectional research approaches should not ignore these historic factors. Different types of change also require different lengths of time to achieve. Programmatic trials should not assume that attitudes and behaviours that prove resistant in the short run will not yield to change over longer periods.