Capstone/Dissertation Title

Childhood lead poisoning: how can lead awareness be raised in an urban community?

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

Children continue to be poisoned by lead each year. Research has shown the negative effects lead poisoning has on learning. In addition, researchers have identified the population of children most at risk: Children living in poor housing conditions, with low socioeconomics status, and minorities have a higher chance of being exposed to lead. Lead poisoning is entirely preventable. This study tries to find an answer to the question how can lead awareness be increased in the at-risk population where I teach. The findings came from action research conducted at a community baby shower the participants were expecting mothers. A lead questionnaire and post test were used to determine if their level of knowledge about lead poisoning increased. The results of this study suggest that lead awareness can be increased at a community baby shower.

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