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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1973. Home Economics Area.


Copyright 1973, the author. Used by permission.


This study was concerned with the training programs in existence for home economists in rehabilitation. In view of the increase in need for trained personnel in this area, the overall question of this study was to determine where home economists in rehabilitation are being trained and how extensive are their programs.

The more specific purposes of the study were to:

  1. Determine which home economics units (colleges, schools, and departments of home economics) offer a major in the area of home economics rehabilitation.

  2. Ascertain the kinds of related subject matter required of home economics rehabilitation majors on the graduate and undergraduate levels.

  3. Ascertain how and where subject matter in home economics rehabilitation is being introduced on the undergraduate and graduate levels to those students majoring in areas other than rehabilitation.

  4. Determine the extent to which the subject matter concepts are covered in the various fields of home economics rehabilitation.

    The participants of this study were limited to those U. S. institutions of higher learning which housed a home economics unit graduating more than 20 home economics majors each year. The data were obtained through questionnaires divided into three sections. The first section was designed to secure basic information about each of the home economics units. The second section of the questionnaire provided data from administrators in the home economics units offering a major in rehabilitation determining how and where subject matter was being introduced and to whom it was directed. Section three was directed to administrators from home economics units not offering a major in rehabilitation but offering the concepts of the field to their general home economics students.

    Of the 205 questionnaires mailed, 102 were returned, six of which were not usable. The sample of this study was therefore 96. The completed questionnaires were hand tabulated using tabulation sheets. Frequency distributions and percentages were derived from the data collected.

    Seven, or 7.28 percent of the 96 universities in the sample offered a major in home economics rehabilitation/habilitation. They are: Colorado State University; The Pennsylvania State University; The University of Nebraska, Lincoln, The University of Missouri; Ohio State University; Southern Illinois University; and the University of Georgia.

    Sixty-four, or 66.67 percent, of the sample returned questionnaires stating that no major in rehabilitation/habilitation was offered in their home economics units, but concepts were being taught as part of their home economics course instruction.

Advisor: Lois O. Schwab