Date of Award

5-1-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MPA Public Administration

Department

Health and Medical Sciences

Advisor

Naomi Wish

Keywords

Lead poisoning, Parental awareness, Suburbs

Abstract

Lead poisoning is one of the most common pediatric health problems in the United States. A direct result of industrialization, the toxic substance lead has contaminated our environment. Parents of young children should be aware of the hazards of lead, the environmental sources, the need for annual screening. the implications of screening results. and steps to reduce the chances of exposure. Questionnaires were distributed at a pediatrician's office. Parents with children under six years of age were asked to complete the survey. Sixty-two questionnaires were completed and returned. It was determined that parents have a good understanding of the pathways for exposure and general knowledge about lead, but their knowledge was minimal about less common lead hazards, prevention and the role of nutrition in helping to prevent lead poisoning.

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