Exploring the Information behaviour of expectant and new mothers: a longitudinal study

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dc.contributor.advisor Sammon, David en
dc.contributor.advisor Heavin, Ciara en
dc.contributor.author Mahony, Carolanne
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-06T11:06:30Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-06T11:06:30Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.date.submitted 2016
dc.identifier.citation Mahony, C. 2017. Exploring the Information behaviour of expectant and new mothers: a longitudinal study. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 425 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/4054
dc.description.abstract The rise in online information-seeking raises important questions for information systems researchers, such as how can we tailor information resources to meet the needs of diverse user groups? The study of information behaviour may be able to provide the answers. Information behaviour is the study of human interaction with information resources, the influencers of that interaction, and how information is processed and used. Information behaviour studies place the user at the centre of the investigation. To-date, information processing and use is one area of information behaviour where uncertainty exists, caused by inconsistent defining terminology and a dearth of empirical investigation. This thesis presents an adapted health information behaviour model, a revised version of Wilson (1997). The model highlights the iterative nature of information behaviour while explicating information processing and use. The model is evaluated using a prospective longitudinal case study of expectant and new mothers. As a user group, they are a challenge for information providers attempting to judge their information resource requirements. Expectant and new mothers seek and consume a diverse range of topics from a variety of resources. They do not just seek information for themselves, expectant and new mothers also seek information concerning the health and well-being of their families. The objective of this thesis is identifying design guidelines for eHealth information resources for expectant and new mothers. This is achieved by understanding how expectant and new mothers process information resources. For the purpose of this research, information processing is determined through an analysis of the subjective assessment criteria used to evaluate and compare different information resources. This thesis illustrates connections between subjective assessment criteria and other areas of information behaviour, such as information use outcomes and task type. The longitudinal nature of the study affords the opportunity to observe changes in information behaviour over time. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2017, Carolanne Mahony. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Longitudinal en
dc.subject Qualitative en
dc.subject Pregnancy en
dc.subject Information behaviour en
dc.subject Information systems en
dc.subject Information science en
dc.subject Information processing en
dc.subject Information use en
dc.subject Health information-seeking en
dc.subject Information-seeking en
dc.subject Health information behaviour en
dc.subject New mother en
dc.title Exploring the Information behaviour of expectant and new mothers: a longitudinal study en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PHD (Business Information Systems) en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Business Information Systems en
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dc.check.reason No embargo required en
dc.check.opt-out Not applicable en
dc.thesis.opt-out false
dc.check.embargoformat Not applicable en
ucc.workflow.supervisor c.heavin@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Summer 2017 en


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