Childbirth education : a descriptive investigation

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Frederick Darnley (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Helen Canaday

Abstract: It was the purpose of this study to design and begin the initial phase of the psychological-sociological segment of the Pregnancy Helping System (PHS) as elaborated by the Pregnancy Helping System staff of the Department of Child Development and Family Relations of the School of Home Economics of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. There were two projected outcomes of this pilot study: a) an evaluation of the research tool designed for use in the PHS, the Parental Decision-Making Questionnaire (PDMQ); and b) a description of the potential for further elaboration and functioning of the PHS. A description of the logistics and utilization of, reaction to, and evaluation of childbirth education services extant in Greensboro, North Carolina, as of June, 1973, were seen as forming the basis of the study. Subjects came from three local obstetrical firms and were chosen on the basis of two critieria: a) they needed to be in their eighth or ninth month of pregnancy; and b) they needed to have completed their childbirth education course if they were enrolled in one. Research forms were distributed in the physicians' offices by their receptionists and were either completed there or completed at home and mailed to the researcher in a stamped, self-addressed envelope provided by a co-researcher. There were 13 subjects in the study group.

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Language: English
Date: 1973

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