Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.


Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

Degree Program

Public Health Sciences with a specialization in Health Promotion, PhD

Committee Chair

Wendel, Monica

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Wilson, Richard

Committee Member

Cooter, Kathleen

Committee Member

Zahorik, Pavel


College students--Family relationships; Adult college students--Services for; Adult college students--Finance, Personal; Student aid


The Family Scholar House program was a unique intervention designed to stop the cycle of poverty by providing college education and support to single parents. The different aspects of the Family Scholar House program addressed each of the five social determinants of health (economic stability, education, social and community context, health care, and neighborhood and built environment). Results of the studies showed that participant’s mental health and general health rating, as measured by a health-related quality of life survey, improved during the time in the Family Scholar House program. Upon graduation from the program, the mental health and the health rating of the Family Scholar House participant’s was no longer significantly different from a comparison population. Qualitative results indicated that this improvement might be related to the decrease in stress due to the network of support provided to the Family Scholar House participants. Thus, the study provides evidence that participation in the Family Scholar House program may improve components of health-related quality of life.

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Public Health Commons