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The Value of Using a Prenatal Education Planning Model: Application to an Aboriginal Community

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A conceptual model for planning adolescent prenatal programs was developed that anticipated future trends, was easily modifiable, and fostered community self-direction (Loos & Morton, 1996). However, the model's reliability with diverse groups in atypical settings required testing. Validation of its reliability focused on adolescent Aboriginal women living in an isolated northern community. Use of the model helped identify modifications in program design, implementation, and evaluation to meet the ethno-cultural, socioeconomic, and age-related needs differences of this population, suggesting that this model is an effective tool for program development.
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Keywords: Aboriginal women; perinatal education; prenatal programs

Document Type: Standard Article

Affiliations: 1: CYNTHIA LOOS is a Professor 2: A. MICHEL MORTON is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. 3: MARGARET MEEKIS is a Registered Nurse enrolled in the Medical Services Branch program at the Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital, Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada.

Publication date: 01 January 1999

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