ERIC Number: ED193000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Information Consumption by Low Income Families to Reduce the Impact of Rural Poverty in Florida. Volume III, Knowledge Level, Need, and Use of Selective Anti-Poverty Programs by the Rural Poor.
Dhillon, Jogindar S.
Presented as part of a 4-volume comprehensive report of a Florida project designed to understand rural poor and their information-seeking and information-utilization behavior patterns, Volume III reported data collected in a pre-test, used to determine the awareness and utilization of seven anti-poverty programs. Low income rural residents (N=840) responded to questions about the following state and federal programs: (1) food stamps; (2) aid to the blind; (3) aid to the totally and permanently disabled; (4) aid to families with dependent children; (5) division of family services; (6) child nutrition; and (7) old age assistance. Eight questions were used to determine the knowledge about, need for, use of, and potential use of the programs. Data showed that information about these programs was reaching many of the low income people but revealed gaps between stated needs and receipt of assistance. In addition, the school was seen as the predominate and quite effective source of information about child nutrition programs. Nonrecipients were generally uninformed about locating information on available programs and eligibility requirements. (JD)
Descriptors: Community Information Services, Federal Programs, Information Dissemination, Information Utilization, Knowledge Level, Low Income Groups, Needs Assessment, Poverty Programs, Program Attitudes, Rural Education, Rural Population, State Programs, Use Studies, User Satisfaction (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Florida A and M Univ., Tallahassee. Center for Community Development and Research.
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