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Department of Public Health

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Master of Science


The purpose of this study was to determine whether participation in a Family Resource\Youth Services Center New and Expectant Parenting Series had an impact on maternal and child health knowledge of parents and their future behavior choices. The study had two components. First, a telephone survey was conducted with 40 past program participants asking them nine questions concerning behavior and lifestyle choices in regards to child safety, breast or bottle feeding, immunizations, car seat use, etc. Secondly, thirty participants were given a pretest and posttest questionnaire. As a control group, there were 25 Lamaze class participants, who also completed the pre-test and posttest questionnaires. The questionnaire was a 20 item multiple choice instrument (Learning About Parenting Survey or LAPS) which measured maternal and child health knowledge in such areas as family planning; informed parenting; maternal health; basic baby care; breast-feeding; bottle-feeding; first aid; child's health including immunizations, child safety; nutrition; child development and discipline. Analysis of covariance was performed using the LAPS raw scores from the posttests as the dependent variable, the pretest scores as the covariate and the treatment as the independent variable. The results showed no significant difference in parenting knowledge between the individuals enrolled in the Family Resource\Youth Services Center's New and Expectant Parenting Series and the comparison group who did not take the course.


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Maternal and Child Health | Public Health