Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Burke-Winkelman, Sloane en_US Valdez-Barkwill, Mary 2019-08-28T21:11:08Z 2019-08-28T21:11:08Z 2019 en_US 2019-08-28
dc.identifier.uri en
dc.description California State University, Northridge. Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. en
dc.description.abstract The three main intentions of this mixed methods study were to examine the reproductive goals of women (ages 18-29) enrolled in community college, to investigate what relationship, if any, exists between reproductive goals and academic goals among women (18-29 years of age) enrolled in community college, and to explore the attitudes and perceptions about pregnancy as they relate to reproductive goals, academic goals, and reproductive goals counseling. One-on-one semi-structured interviews were conducted along with a survey administered on-line to collect data. This study produced many noteworthy results. First, a strategy for conducting reproductive goals counseling was found to be feasible and acceptable to the target population. Second, the investigation into how women in community college view their own reproductive goals and how these relate to academic goals and in context with attitudes and perceptions about pregnancy found that the women in this study largely report wanting to have children or more children at some point (parenting/pregnancy attitude). The question of timing was varied and multi-faceted with many women reporting desiring pregnancy/parenting at some point in the future and not in the immediate future. Very often women cited wanting to finish school or career preparation before having children or more children. Most women also reported that preventing pregnancy (until their desired timeline) was very important. In the qualitative portion of the study women expressed concern or worry about how a pregnancy might impact their academic goals and saw pregnancy as potential hindrance to reaching their academic goals. Women in the study did report using contraception (primarily tier two and three methods) with fewer women stating the use of LARC or tier one methods. Community colleges may want to consider reproductive goals along with academic goals when thinking about the resources and environments that are needed to ensure academic success. Institutions of higher education are potential resources for informing and supporting students on these issues. Advocating for students to identify their reproductive goals and academic goals and creating environments that assist students in creating plans to achieve both may be beneficial in holistically meeting student needs.
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Mary Carlotta Valdez-Barkwill en_US
dc.format application/pdf en
dc.format.extent 11, 144 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher California State University, Northridge en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.subject reproductive goals counseling
dc.subject academic goals
dc.subject community college
dc.subject contraception
dc.subject.other Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Education -- Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. en_US
dc.title Reproductive Goals and Academic Goals: Knowledge, Attitudes and Perceptions of Women in Community College en
dc.type Dissertation en 2019-08-28T21:11:08Z
dc.contributor.department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies en Ed.D. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Bahr, Kaitlin en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Cason, Patricia en_US
dc.rights.license By signing and submitting this license, you the author grant permission to CSUN Graduate Studies to submit your thesis or dissertation, and any additional associated files you provide, to CSUN ScholarWorks, the institutional repository of the California State University, Northridge, on your behalf. You grant to CSUN ScholarWorks the non-exclusive right to reproduce and/or distribute your submission worldwide in electronic or any medium for non-commercial, academic purposes. You agree that CSUN ScholarWorks may, without changing the content, translate the submission to any medium or format, as well as keep more than one copy, for the purposes of security, backup and preservation. You represent that the submission is your original work, and that you have the right to grant the rights contained in this license. You also represent that your submission does not, to the best of your knowledge, infringe upon anyone's copyright. If the submission contains material for which you do not hold copyright, or for which the intended use is not permitted, or which does not reasonably fall under the guidelines of fair use, you represent that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to grant CSUN ScholarWorks the rights required by this license, and that such third-party owned material is clearly identified and acknowledged within the text or content of the submission. If the submission is based upon work that has been sponsored or supported by an agency or organization other than the California State University, Northridge, you represent that you have fulfilled any right of review or other obligations required by such contract or agreement. CSUN ScholarWorks will clearly identify your name(s) as the author(s) or owner(s) of the submission, and will not make any alterations, other than those allowed by this license, to your submission. en_US

Files in this item


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search DSpace

My Account

RSS Feeds