IMPACT OF PLANNED HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMME ON KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE REGARDING MENSTRUAL HYGIENE AMONG ADOLESCENT GIRLS STUDYING IN SELECTED HIGH SCHOOL IN PUDUCHERRY
Asia Pacific Journal of Research
Menstruation and menstrual practices are still clouded by socio-cultural restrictions resulting in adolescent girls remaining ignorant of the scientific facts and hygienic health practices, which sometimes result into adverse health outcomes. The current study is designed to determine the effectiveness of planned health education programme on knowledge and practice regarding menstrual hygiene. Methods: A quasi experimental study was conducted among 100 adolescent girls of class 8 th and 9 th
... dying in selected High School in Puducherry, selected by simple random sampling method using structured questionnaire and semi structured interview schedule. A designed questionnaire was administered and then health education regarding menstruation and healthy menstrual practices was imparted to girls for one hour. After 3 months post-test was done to assess the impact of the program. Results: The overall knowledge on menstrual hygiene in the study group had a mean and SD of 11.22 (3.58) in the pre-test and 22.35 (3.34) in post-test which was statistically significant at p<0.005. The overall mean and SD of practice on menstrual hygiene in the study group was 13.66 (1.58) in pre-test and 18.65(3.34) in post-test which was statistically significant at p<0.005. There was positive correlation between the level of knowledge and practice in both pre and posttest. Conclusion: The level of students' knowledge regarding menstruation and menstrual hygiene practices improved after the program. Therefore, it is recommended to implement health educational programs about menstrual hygiene to preparatory and secondary school students to improve their menstrual knowledge, attitude and practices.