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The black female leadership development institute programs year one evaluation

DiTomasso, Amie (2016) The black female leadership development institute programs year one evaluation. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The objective of this thesis is to evaluate the first year of the Black Female Leadership Development Institute (BFLDI) program of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh (ULPGH) and to provide the organization with program recommendations. The BFLDI aims to increase self-efficacy, knowledge about reproductive sexual health information, dating abuse recognition, how to reduce high-risk behaviors, increase social supports, and facilitate healthy psychosocial development through a variety of program activities conducted over eight months. Evaluation information was collected from 36 minority adolescent females. A pre and post survey measuring self-efficacy, self-image, gender norm beliefs, reproductive sexual health attitudes, dating abuse recognition, and reproductive sexual health knowledge was conducted with study participants. The analysis included calculating descriptive statistics, construct averages, and cross tabulations in order to evaluate the BFLDI program. Participants reported high levels of program satisfaction. There was no significant difference observed in knowledge, attitudes, or beliefs between the pre and post surveys. However, a positive association between self-efficacy and gender norm beliefs (p = .023) was observed. Two trends were observed in the associations between age and reproductive sexual health attitudes and age and dating abuse recognition. Recommendations for year two include modifications in activities such as topics focused more directly on program goals and increased evaluation measurements such as collection of behavioral data. This program is relevant to public health as it serves as an intervention to reduce the health problems of sexually transmitted infection, teenage pregnancy, and dating abuse among minority adolescent females.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
DiTomasso, Amieard45@pitt.eduARD45
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorTrauth, Jeanette M.trauth@pitt.eduTRAUTH
Committee MemberFriedman, Markmsf11@pitt.eduMSF11
Committee MemberMiller, Elizabethelm114@pitt.eduELM114
Date: 9 September 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 29 July 2016
Approval Date: 9 September 2016
Submission Date: 8 August 2016
Access Restriction: 1 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 1 year.
Number of Pages: 96
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: evaluation, adolescents, females, program, sexual health
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2016 20:03
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2017 05:15


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