Thesis Title

The Effect of a Teaching Intervention on Cardiac Risk Factor Knowledge Among Elementary School Children

Date of Graduation

Spring 1998

Degree

Master of Science in Nursing

Department

Nursing

Committee Chair

Kathryn Hope

Subject Categories

Nursing

Abstract

The effect of using the American Heart Association's Heartpower kit to increase the knowledge level of fifth grade elementary students on heart disease was investigated. A quasi-experimental, pre-test, post-test study was conducted with two groups of students. Administration of five one-hour teaching interventions were done on general heart health, nutrition, exercise, and smoking to the experimental group. Whereas the control and experimental groups did not differ significantly on the pre-test, there was statistically significant improvement between the two groups on the post-test. The experimental group, however, did not have a significant improvement when comparing their pre-test and post-test scores. Analysis of the subscales for the experimental group revealed a statistically significant increase in knowledge of smoking. Overall, the findings demonstrated small but not statistically significant improvements in knowledge retention one week after the teaching intervention.

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© Alida M Bloom

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