Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Home Economics

First Advisor

Edna Page Anderson


The purpose of this study was to document and analyze the attitudes of participants in the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in South Dakota. Demographic and attitudinal data were collected in December 1983 from a twelve percent random sample of the participants in the South Dakota WIC Program. Demographic and attitudinal information was obtained from a written attitude assessment instrument designed by the researcher. Seven hundred thirty-two instruments were sent out; 527 were completed and returned. All data was used in compiling response frequencies and statistical analysis. Analysis of variance and the Waller-Duncan t test was used to detect significant relationships between demographic variables and designated aspects of the WIC program: food, delivery system, educational program, becoming/being a participant, and fringe benefits/other. The data demonstrated a positive overall attitude for the WIC program. Significant relationships were noted between attitude and how participants found out about the WIC program, educational level, and ethnic/racial background of the participant. The study did not detect statistical differences in means on attitudes when paired with age, length of time on program, row participants qualify, prior participation, miles traveled and minutes waited at WIC clinic, and geographic region where participants reside.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (U.S.)
Diet -- Attitudes
Women nutritionists -- Attitudes



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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