A descriptive study was designed to survey discriminating characteristics between attenders and non attenders of prepared childbirth. The researcher hypothesized that there would be no significant predictors of why women do or do not choose to participate in prepared childbirth classes. Fifty-seven women between the ages of 21 and 40 who had at least one living child were interviewed. Then responses to the "Discriminating Characteristics Questionnaire” were recorded and analyzed. Of these fifty -seven women, 14 had chosen to attend prepared childbirth classes while 43 did not attend the classes. The data collected from the questionnaire were analyzed by descriptive statistics and Chi-square. Analysis of data revealed two significant predictors concerning whether women did or did not attend prepared child birth classes. The analyses led the researcher to reject the null hypothesis.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Graduate Nursing

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First Advisor

Dr. Phyllis W. Werner

Second Advisor

B. J. Landis

Third Advisor

Dr. Mary Patricia Curtis

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Nursing Commons