ERIC Number: ED118897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Profile of Paraprofessionals Working with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program in Pennsylvania. A Professional Paper in Extension Education. Extended Studies 60, May 1975.
Nease, Linda Jeanne
The major purpose of the study was to develop a profile of nutrition paraprofessionals in Pennsylvania; a secondary purpose was to assess the personal benefit, if any, reported by the paraprofessionals as a result of working with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). During December, 1974 and January, 1975, questionnaires were sent to 209 nutrition paraprofessionals, representing the total number of nutrition paraprofessionals in Pennsylvania. The 96% questionnaire response indicated a socioeconomic profile showing a higher percentage in urban counties, a ratio of whites outnumbering blacks two to one, a large 35-49 year age group, an income of $3,000-$7,000, and formal education of nine to 12 years. The work profile indicated most paraprofessionals work with 31-50 families and had worked with EFNEP for more than three years. Respondents indicated a definite improvement in their food buying habits, felt growth in understanding people and how to relate to them, and found their association with EFNEP beneficial. Implications for extension programing include a consideration of the age of the paraprofessionals in comparison to the target audience and the possibility of additional methods of reaching client families to supplement the one-to-one technique. A bibliography is appended. (EA)
Descriptors: Age, Educational Background, Educational Programs, Employee Attitudes, Employment Experience, Health Programs, Inservice Education, Nutrition Instruction, Paraprofessional Personnel, Participant Characteristics, Questionnaires, Race, Socioeconomic Background, State Programs, State Surveys
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Cooperative Extension Service.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania