Date of Degree


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Eleanor T. Campbell

Committee Members

Arlene T. Farren

William Gallo

Steven Bauman

Keville Frederickson

Subject Categories

Pediatric Nursing | Public Health and Community Nursing


Haitian, Primary Caregivers, Power, Childhood, Vaginitis, Health Patterning Modality


The purpose of the study was to appraise the power as knowing participation in change of primary caregivers of Haitian children aged 6 to 13 years old before and after participation in an education and resource health patterning modality related to risk factors and prevention of childhood vaginitis. The study was framed within the realm of Rogers’ Science of Unitary Human Beings and the conceptual framework of Barrett’s Power as Knowing Participation in Change. A pretest-posttest quasi- experimental study was conducted. Descriptive statistics were used to answer the first research question “What are the power profiles of Haitian caregivers before and after the health patterning modality about childhood vaginitis?” and a t-test supported by a Wilcoxon Signed ranked test was done to answer the second question “To what extent does Haitian caregivers’ power profile change after the health patterning modality about childhood vaginitis?”

A purposive sample of 92 Haitian primary caregivers of female children aged 6 to 13 years old was recruited. The sample was delimited to primary caregivers of girls who attended five selected schools. Participants completed the Haitian Creole translated Power as Knowing Participation in Change Tool Version II before and after their participation in the health patterning modality. The Power of Haitian primary care givers was statistically significantly enhanced following participation in the health patterning modality that included education and resources.

The findings of this study though limited have many implications for nursing research and nursing practice. They support the unitary nature of power and reinforced the belief that power is an innate attribute that exists independent of contexts. Furthermore, statistically significant increase in power at posttest relates the importance of health patterning modalities in enhancing power.