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Cloth nappy survey results!!!!!

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DevonLou
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Cloth nappy survey results!!!!!

Postby DevonLou » Wed May 21, 2008 11:52 am

Hello everyone,

It's Lou here - mum to now ex-clothie Bea and Ellie and psychologist looking at cloth nappy forums (what users get out of them, how they identify with others, what effects this has on their behaviour etc). We have finally got a summary of results ready, and as I can't see how to attach them, I'll just pop them below. Hope you find them interesting, we certainly did! Really underscores what I already felt - that forums are fab as a means of giving and receiving support and validating what can be perceived as a minority behaviour.

Thanks so much for your help!

I will be posting another request in a minute - just brainstorming really - hope you can help!

LouFP

Summary of Results

Sample
198 participants - All female.

Ages:
124 (65.2%) aged between 25 and 34.
51 aged between 35-44
17 aged between 15-24
1 aged at 45+

Highest Education level reached:
68 (34.3 %) are at Degree Level.
54 are at Postgraduate Level.
48 have got A Levels.
28 have got GCSEs.

Employment:
105 (53%) employed either part-time or full-time.
67 (33.8%) were 'stay at home mums' (SAHM).
24 were 'work at home mums' (WAHM).

Religious:
128 (64.6%) were not.
65 were.

Results
Hypothesis 1: Social identity scores are likely to be high overall for cloth nappy forum users.
 Mean identity scores across the sample were very high (mean = 5.49 on 7 point scale) - this shows how much cloth forum users identify with other cloth forum users

Hypothesis 2: Participant's levels of identification with other cloth nappy forum users will correlate with behaviours and attitudes relating to their use of cloth nappies and cloth nappy forums.
 Participants high levels of identification with other cloth nappy forum users significantly correlated with:
➢ Feelings of 'addiction' to buying cloth nappies.
➢ A sense of excitement when buying cloth nappies (mood regulation).
➢ Feelings of 'addiction' to using cloth nappy forums.
➢ How often they post on the forum.
➢ How often they 'lurk' on the forum.
➢ The use of cloth nappy forums to seek information.
➢ The use of cloth nappy forums to share information.
➢ The use of cloth nappy forums to form new relationships.
➢ The use of cloth nappy forums because there are no other cloth nappy users nearby.
➢ Social influence over others.
➢ A sense of others' social influence over them.
➢ Getting a lot out of the forum.
➢ Spending free time on the forum
➢ A great extent of cloth nappy related Internet use.
➢ A great extent of general Internet use.

Hypothesis 3: Participants’ behaviour on the forum will be of a 'give and take' nature so that they help others with the belief that they will be helped in return.
 This hypothesis was supported, therefore participants felt that there was a 'give and take' nature on the forum so that they would help others with the belief they would be helped in return.






Hypothesis 4: The relationship between participants' levels of identification and their normative behaviour (cloth nappy and cloth nappy forum use) will strengthen with their increased use of cloth nappy related Internet sites.

The correlations (relationships) which strengthened with increased cloth nappy related Internet use were participants' high levels of identification with other cloth nappy users and:

➢ How often they post on the forum.
➢ Using cloth nappy forums to form new relationships.
➢ Their social influence over other users.
➢ Getting a lot out of the forum.

Hypothesis 5: Participants' use of on-line cloth nappy related sites will not detract from their satisfaction with life or their real world sociality.
 The extent of cloth nappy related Internet use did not significantly correlate with satisfaction with life, in other words the use of cloth nappy forums did not affect the participants' well-being in any way. Extent of cloth nappy related Internet use did, however, positively correlate with the minutes participants were willing to travel in order to meet other forum users face-to-face suggesting that those using the Internet for cloth nappy related purposes were in fact more likely to be prepared to travel further to meet up with other cloth nappy users. This suggests that cloth nappy forum use does not detract from wanting to socialise in the 'real' world (which is what some other research has found).

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Re: Cloth nappy survey results!!!!!

Postby ericaj1 » Thu May 22, 2008 5:54 pm

Mmmm interesting. So we must all be bright sociable girls on here then.

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Re: Cloth nappy survey results!!!!!

Postby jules070603 » Fri May 23, 2008 1:07 pm

Thats really interesting. I particularly liked the travelling p0ints, bef0re I 'went 0nline' I w0uldn't have dreamt 0f travelling a r0und trip 0f 3 0r 4 h0urs t0 meet pe0ple I've never met bef0re f0r 3 0r 4 h0urs but I've d0ne it many times in the past 2 years :-)


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