Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Implications of literacy to perceived wellness and positive self-concept: A causal comparative analysis of enrolled versus non-enrolled adults in literacy programs
by Udemgba, Simon Ibezimchi, Ph.D., Capella University, 2009, 127; 3372750
Abstract (Summary)

An adult literacy program is presented as an educational endeavor that has helped adults realize their dream of self transformation. Mezirow's (1989) transformational learning theory was used to portray perspective driven endeavor as a reflection of change induced by age and change necessitated by time with strong mental health implications. Illiteracy is presented as a global problem that manifests not only as an educational deficiency, but also reflected in low standard of living, negative sense of perceived wellness and negative positive concept. Illiteracy as an educational deficiency has mental health implications as well as social and political inequity worthy of research. The research design is a causal comparative study; using a quantitative mode of research that hypothesized a difference between two groups, normally caused by experience. Experience in this case is exposure to adult literacy program services in distinction from the lack of such experience as seen in the lives of illiterate adults. Need for further research to examine correlates of these factors is highlighted, as well as their impact on positive self concept and perceived wellness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Robbins, John M.
Commitee: Lutterman, Maureen, Moore, Julia
School: Capella University
Department: School of Human Services
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 70/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mental health, Social psychology, School counseling
Keywords: Australia, Igbo, Perceived wellness, Positive self-concept, Self-esteem, Self-worth, Uturu
Publication Number: 3372750
ISBN: 9781109371222
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