Dissertation

A mixed methods study of African American and Hispanic women and their journey through an early head start expectant families program

The purpose of this study was to determine the utility of one program in improving participants’ abilities to parent. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were utilized to compile data from African American and Hispanic women who were current or past participants of the program. Data were collected from three sources: a demographic data sheet (n=30); a survey (n=30); and interviews (n=6). The surveys were analyzed using a Chi Square Goodness of Fit (p > .05) and the interview transcripts were coded and analyzed utilizing Dedoose. The results of the study indicate that in general, the Early Head Start Expectant Families Program is perceived as effective. However, there were two areas of concern that require additional attention and resources: 1) the absence of safe sleeping habits, which may be a significant factor that contributes to SIDS, a leading cause of infant mortality; and, 2) the absence of specific activities encouraging father engagement.

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