The information needs of young first time mothers from areas of multiple deprivations



This project was a major ESRC funded study that sought to better understand the information needs of young first time mothers from areas of multiple deprivations, their information behaviours, and the factors influencing their information behaviours. 

Our overarching theoretical framework brought together theories of human information behaviour with theories of social capital to explore shared concepts of social integration, understood as participation, access, and engagement. Extensive fieldwork included observation and interviews with young mothers, and health and social care professionals providing support to young mothers.

The Data Collection is available for download to users registered with the UK Data Service.
Date made available12 Mar 2019
PublisherUK Data Service
Date of data production1 Jun 2015 - 30 Nov 2017

Research Output

  • 4 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution book
  • 1 Paper

Developing health information literacy in disadvantaged and dependent circumstances: the everyday role of Family Nurses

Buchanan, S. & Nicol, E., 24 Sep 2018. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
  • Developing health information literacy in disengaged at-risk populations: insights to inform interventions

    Buchanan, S. & Nicol, E., 17 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Documentation.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 13 Downloads (Pure)

    Developing information literacy in dependent and disadvantaged circumstances: a transitional approach in the digital health context

    Buchanan, S., Jardine, C. & Ruthven, I., 19 Jan 2018, Fifth European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL), Sep 18-21 2017, Saint-Malo, France. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, p. 409-418 10 p. (Communications in Computer and Information Science).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    58 Downloads (Pure)


  • Cite this

    Buchanan, S. (Creator), Ruthven, I. (Contributor), Jardine, C. (Contributor), Nicol, E. (Creator) (12 Mar 2019). The information needs of young first time mothers from areas of multiple deprivations. UK Data Service . 10.5255/UKDA-SN-853129