Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Home Economics


A descriptive study was done to assess the effectiveness of an independent study kit to train Home Care workers in basic skills, identify procedures essential to successful use of independent study and to document problems occurring with its use A two part instrument was developed, based upon guidelines of the Model Curriculum and Training Guide developed by the National Council of Homemaker-Home Health Aide Services, to assess changes in attitude and knowledge following the use of the independent study training program. Twenty-seven subjects completed the training program and the pre and posttests. Results were analyzed using the paired t-test to determine the significance of the changes. Significant changes in attitude and knowledge were not attributable to the use of the training program. Multiple regression between the changed scores and the independent variables was done to explain the findings. A group of sixteen variables were found to explain the changes in scores on the attitude test. On the cognitive test none of the independent variables made a significant contribution to changes in scores. The majority of the subjects were thirty five years of age or older with moderate to large amounts of personal experiences related to Home Care. Overall, attitudes toward the training program were favorable.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Home care services



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University