Research Study Essay
Maternal health care and child participation in welfare programs have been influenced by several factors which many researches have found difficult to find out. The study aimed at determining the factors which influence the relationship between maternal health literacy and child participation in the welfare programs. The study was also for making clear understanding of how the low level health literacy affect the way people take their drugs and how they follow up for the treatments.
The study was done on the Medicaid women and infants to hypothesis whether the health literacy affect their participation in the programs related to the health care. The study was done by analyzing the data from the insurance improvement projects and studying the Medicaid mothers and the infants. The study results showed that the women with low health literacy are less likely to participate in the health programs and that the health literacy and maternal education showed no correlation on the social programs they studied. The study concluded that systematic procedures need to be addressed to increase enrollment in the programs to have good effect to the children and ways of promoting literacy needs to be adopted.
Failure to analyze the literacy demands in the application process is one of the confounding factors. Second confounding factor is choosing the measure for the health literacy which was correlated with the program participation and failed to address the more on general literacy assessment. Lastly the issue of examining the infants at birth and children’s at the age of six months for a short period in the study. (Pati et al, 2010) These are confounding factors as the researcher allows a certain variable to affect the determinant variables affecting the study. Certain variable that was to be included in the study was not included and the measure which was directed to measure certain aspect measured something else which affected the results for the study done.
Pati S. et al. (Sep 2010). Influence of maternal health literacy on child participation in social welfare programs: the