Title page for ETD etd-12172008-063707

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Gurganus, Jill Renee
URN etd-12172008-063707
Title An evaluation of educational literature distributed by the Child Health Investment Partnership
Degree Master of Science
Department Community Health Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Redican, Kerry J. Committee Chair
Baffi, Charles R. Committee Member
Southard, Douglas R. Committee Member
  • Poor children
Date of Defense 1993-06-05
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Educational literature distributed by the Child Health Investment Partnership (CHIP) staff to CHIP parents was identified and evaluated in terms of readability level and availability of information to assist with meeting the identified needs of CHIP parents. One-hundred percent (n=137) of the educational material available to CHIP staff through their library was analyzed. Readability levels were calculated by using the SMOG Readability Formula and the FRY Graph Reading Level Index.

A previous study (Brindle, 1992) was used to determine whether CHIP had adequate material to meet the educational needs of CHIP families. Forty-eight percent of CHIP parents cited health as their primary concern. Almost one-half of an educational literature stocked in CHIP's library relates to health. Thus, results indicate that CHIP has a more than adequate amount of educational literature relating to topics CHIP parents believed they needed assistance with the most. It was found, however, that other areas such as financial and job assistance were underrepresented in CHIP's library. While 36 percent and 35 percent of CHIP parents believed they needed assistance with finances and jobs, respectively, only 6 percent of CHIP's library was devoted to financial assistance and two percent was devoted to job assistance. The apparent need for assistance in these areas greatly outweighs CHIP's educational resources. Results also indicate that the average CHIP parents (one who has completed high school) has the education equivalent to or more than was required for reading the majority of CHIP's educational literature. While the mean Reading Level of educational materials was at the tenth grade level sixty percent of CHIP families surveyed had completed high school. Results and conclusions are discussed in detail.

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