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Department of Anthropology: Parent-Infant Sleep Lab

Ethnicity and Infant Care

The Bradford Infant Care Study (BradICS) was designed to investigate how different communities of parents in Bradford (white British and South Asian, primarily Pakistani) provided night-time care for their infants. We aimed to explore cultural differences and similarities in infant care in order to better understand how South Asian infants experienced substantially fewer SIDS deaths than white British infants. The main BradICS study involved a telephone survey of 2300 families, while the follow-up interview study involved in-depth individual discussions with 50 families. Both of these projects were conducted in conjuction with the Born in Bradford project run by the Bradford Institute for Health Research, in collaboration with Dr Eduardo Moya, Dr Sam Oddie, Ms Jeanette Westman, Ms Lesley Fairley and Professor John Wright. The Infant Thermal Care project was conducted in Keighley by Dr Anna Cronin-de-Chavez for her PhD, which was co-supervised by Professor Helen Ball and Dr Martin Ward-Platt, and funded by a joint ESRC/MRC studentship.

Telephone survey of 2300 Bradford families
In-depth interviews with 50 Bradford mothers
Interviews with 100 Keighley mums about thermal care