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Department of Public Health

Degree Type

Master of Science


The purpose of this study was to determine whether differences in health beliefs exist between participants attending worksite prenatal education classes and participants receiving only prenatal education self-help materials. A multiple treatment study was performed on a sample of convenience of 169 women enrolled in Fruit of the Loom's worksite prenatal education program. Group 1 subjects received class and materials while Group 2 subjects received materials only. Study participants were asked to complete an 18-item Likert scale questionnaire prior to enrolling in the program and again upon completion. Sixty-two subjects completed both the pre- and posttest questionnaires. Analysis of covariance comparing posttest scores between groups using the pretest score as a covariate revealed no significant difference. Results from t test analysis on the questionnaire items revealed significant change in three of the items concerning importance of prenatal care, knowledge of healthy food choices, and abstinence from smoking.


Maternal and Child Health | Public Health