Term of Award

Spring 2011

Degree Name

Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

Committee Chair

James H. Stephens

Committee Member 1

Robert Vogel

Committee Member 2

Stuart Tedders

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to establish the baseline for understanding the impact of place of residence on socio-demographic factors for caregivers of children enrolled in Georgia's Early Intervention (EI) program. This study is a secondary analysis of nine questions from the Family Outcomes Survey (FOS) collected between January of 2006, and May of 2010 (N=15,474). The Kruskal-Wallis Statistic and the Samawi-Vogel Overlap Coefficient were used to examine the relation between the rural or urban classification of county of residence, the health district in which participants reside, and the participant's knowledge of rights, access to community resources, and social support systems. Results demonstrated that while the responses to the selected questions from the FOS were highly positive overall, significant differences were found in responses from participants based on their place of residence. Participants located in urban areas responded significantly less positively when compared to their rural counterparts. Findings from this study may serve to facilitate an improvement in the delivery of EI programs throughout the State of Georgia.

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