A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF ATTITUDES OF ADOLESCENTS STUDYING IN JUNIOR COLLEGES OF RURAL AND URBAN AREAS OF BIJAPUR TOWARDS EDUCATIONAL AND NUTRITIONAL ASPECTS OF LIFE
Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences
BACKGROUND Adolescent period is a time of considerable change in all aspect of functioning. There are three aspects of significant concern during adolescence, viz. educational change drastically due to rapid increase in physical growth and hard struggle to adjust mentally, both of which stabilise towards late adolescence. MATERIALS AND METHODS Total of 1000 adolescents 16 -18 yrs., 250 each from 4 PU Colleges (2 Urban + 2 Rural) were interviewed using a pre-tested questionnaire. Based on
... re. Based on responses, their attitude towards educational and nutritional aspects of life were assessed, analysed and compared. RESULTS Academic underachievement was more common in rural adolescents; nutritional status and dietetic practices and beliefs of the 2 groups differed significantly. CONCLUSION Varieties of attitudes were observed in adolescents of urban and rural colleges. Risk taking behaviour was more common in urban adolescents because of high peer pressure, curiosity and more exposure to mass media. Academic underachievement in rural set-up was because of lack of facilities and motivation, nutrient consumption was significantly lower than RDA in both the groups because of lack of knowledge about redistribution of nutrients and unawareness of suitable ways to meet their nutritional status. KEY WORDS Adolescent; Attitude; Urban; Rural; Educational; Nutritional. HOW TO CITE THIS ARTICLE: Ukkali SB, Kulkarni NMR, Desai MZ, et al. A comparative study of attitudes of adolescents studying in junior colleges of rural and urban areas of Bijapur towards educational and nutritional aspects of life.