ERIC Number: ED367522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The Drafting and Submission of an HIV/AIDS Policy Draft for a Native American Child Welfare Agency.
Holzemer, Daniel Pete
An Indian child welfare agency realized the need for an HIV/AIDS policy when a diabetic child possibly exposed to the HIV virus was placed in one of the agency's licensed foster homes. A focus-group interview process was selected for policy development because this method appeared to parallel the Native American cultural approach toward consensus and decision making. Objectives of the project were: (1) to complete and present an HIV/AIDS policy draft to the board of directors and executive director; and (2) to document a positive change of 20 percent in the aggregate score for AIDS/HIV knowledge and attitudes among focus-group participants. Focus-group participants included agency employees, foster and adoptive parents, and other human-services representatives working with agency clients. All participants were either of Native American descent or working within the Native American community. Prior to the focus-group meetings, participants completed an HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitude questionnaire and received an information packet. After results of the focus-group meetings were compiled, comparative analysis of group recommendations and other available HIV/AIDS policies revealed that focus-group recommendations were similar to an existing policy that could be modified for the agency's purposes. Post-questionnaire results showed that the objective of a 20 percent improvement in scores was not attained. Appendices include the HIV/AIDS questionnaire, survey results, and other materials cited in the practicum report. (KS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Focus Groups Approach; Native Americans
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.