Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


While Hispanic women’s risk for poor birth outcomes is increasing due to immigration and acculturation, Hispanic use of prenatal care remains the lowest of all ethnic groups. The purpose of this investigation was to examine the relationship between pregnant Hispanic women’s perceived benefit of prenatal care and their procurement of prenatal care. The theoretical framework is a blend of Roy’s Adaptation Model and Pender’s Health Promotion Model. Results of the investigation may assist the health providing community to draw pregnant Hispanic women into prenatal care earlier, decrease the severity of problems that are manageable, and decrease the occurrence of problems that are preventable. This investigation was conducted using a Level II non-experimental descriptive correlational research design. The subjects were selected using a non-probability convenience sampling. Based on a power analysis using 80% power, a critical effect size of 0.4, and .05 significance level for a two-tailed test, a sample size of 45 subjects for each group (N=90) was determined. The research instrument for this investigation was an adaptation of the Perceived Benefits of Prenatal Care subscale from the Prenatal Care Interview (Byrd, Mullen, Selwyn, & Lorimor, 1996a). The subscale has a Cronbach’s Alpha coefficient of 0.92. The instrument is available in English and Spanish. This investigation sought to answer if there were any significant relationships or differences between the Hispanic women’s perceived benefits of prenatal care and number of months pregnant when they first went for prenatal care; between the Hispanic women’s perceived benefits of prenatal care and women of other cultural groups; and Hispanic women’s perceived benefits of prenatal care and their financial status.


Dr. Liane Connelly

Date of Award

Fall 2006

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


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