This exploratory mixed methods research examined the relationships between parent-reported experiences and importance ratings for various school health services as well as explored factors that explain parents' views regarding the need for health services in schools. Qualitative information gathered through focus groups expanded upon the questionnaire data on the value and significance attributed by parents to school health services. The results indicated that the importance attributed to school health services was not strongly related to experiences or to parent awareness of services that are available in schools. Family characteristics played a role in parents' opinions about the importance of services, particularly those families whose children qualify for free/reduced-cost school meals and those who have access to local health services. The value placed on school health services was primarily tied to a desire for a high level of care by school health professionals for students with identified health needs. Additionally, health services provide for a safe learning environment. The study provided an extension of the current knowledge of stakeholder perceptions of the importance and value of health services and new information related to parents' experiences with health services and the effect that these experiences have on parent attitudes and expectations for health services in schools. Information collected from this study may be used in agenda setting for health services leaders in their political and professional advocacy efforts to expand school health services, specifically targeted at legislation and adequate funding to provide minimal nurse-to-student ratios in California schools.
|School:||California State University, Fullerton|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 71/05, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Nursing, Health education|
|Keywords:||Advocacy, California, Parent, San Bernardino County, School health services, School nurse, Support services|
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