A Study of African American Women Receiving Prenatal Care in a Housing Project

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/551048
Title:
A Study of African American Women Receiving Prenatal Care in a Housing Project
Authors:
McAllister, Lydia E.
Abstract:
Access to prenatal care remains a problem for poor African American women. As a group, African Americans have twice the infant mortality rate and three times the mortality rate of white Americans. The purpose of this study was to explore "what happens" to pregnant African American women as they receive prenatal care. The intent of this research was to better understand the experience of pregnancy and prenatal care for African American women and the context in which it occurs. Thirteen women, aged 18 to 36 years who lived in a housing project, participated in this descriptive, qualitative study. In-depth, unstructured interviews as well as observation participation were the methods used to gather information. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed by the constant comparative method. Four themes were generated: a) Wanting to be away; b) Makin' it; c) Being alone; and d) Receiving care. Wanting to be awav described why the women were not happy or content with their living situations. The second theme, Makin' i t depicts the complexity of their lives. Being alone illustrates that they live without men, means, or money. The fourth theme, Receiving care describes the experiences of prenatal care during pregnancy. The study concludes that information about African Americans must include the context of their lives to be truly relevant. Implications for health policy, theory, and research related to African Americans are suggested.
Affiliation:
Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing
Issue Date:
May-1997
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/551048
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Type:
Dissertation
Appears in Collections:
Department of Physiological & Technological Nursing Theses and Dissertations; Theses and Dissertations

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dc.contributor.authorMcAllister, Lydia E.en
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-01T02:00:14Zen
dc.date.available2015-05-01T02:00:14Zen
dc.date.issued1997-05en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/551048-
dc.description.abstractAccess to prenatal care remains a problem for poor African American women. As a group, African Americans have twice the infant mortality rate and three times the mortality rate of white Americans. The purpose of this study was to explore "what happens" to pregnant African American women as they receive prenatal care. The intent of this research was to better understand the experience of pregnancy and prenatal care for African American women and the context in which it occurs. Thirteen women, aged 18 to 36 years who lived in a housing project, participated in this descriptive, qualitative study. In-depth, unstructured interviews as well as observation participation were the methods used to gather information. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed by the constant comparative method. Four themes were generated: a) Wanting to be away; b) Makin' it; c) Being alone; and d) Receiving care. Wanting to be awav described why the women were not happy or content with their living situations. The second theme, Makin' i t depicts the complexity of their lives. Being alone illustrates that they live without men, means, or money. The fourth theme, Receiving care describes the experiences of prenatal care during pregnancy. The study concludes that information about African Americans must include the context of their lives to be truly relevant. Implications for health policy, theory, and research related to African Americans are suggested.en
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dc.subjectPrenatal Careen
dc.subjectAfrican American Womenen
dc.titleA Study of African American Women Receiving Prenatal Care in a Housing Projecten
dc.typeDissertationen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Physiological and Technological Nursingen
dc.description.advisorBoyle, Joyceenen
dc.description.committeeKemp, Virginia; Ellis, Linda; Bennett, Gerald; Carey, Jamesen
dc.description.degreeDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)en
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