Date of Award

Spring 1989

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Bogenschild, Erika G.

Second Advisor

Steeves, Frank K.

Third Advisor

Brown, Ardene


This research addressed the questions of whether prenatal infant care classes increase a primigravida's knowledge on infant care and whether she had fewer concerns in the postpartum period. Subjects were a convenience sample of 45 primiparous women attending Lamaze class who were assigned to the control and experimental groups. All subjects were tested for knowledge on infant care pre and post delivery. Anxiety was evaluated in all subjects by use of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) pre and post delivery and the Concerns Questionnaire post delivery. Demographic information and previous infant care experiences were elicited by a questionnaire. The experimental group received three classes on infant care in the third trimester of pregnancy. The demographic data and infant care experiences were evaluated using frequencies and-percentages. Group differences in infant knowledge was evaluated by use of at-test. The Infant Care Knowledge Test was significant at the P



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