Assessment of knowledge of adolescent school going girls regarding menstruation and menstrual hygiene

V Vandana, K Simarjeet, K Amandeep
unpublished
The onset of menstruation is one of the most important physiological changes occurring among girls during adolescent years of life. Menstruation heralds the onset of physiological maturity in girls. A study was carried out on two hundred adolescent school going girls regarding menstruation and menstrual hygiene with the aim to assess the knowledge of adolescent school going girls regarding menstruation and menstrual hygiene in selected schools of Ambala Haryana. Quantitative research approach
more » ... research approach with descriptive (non experimental) research design was used. The sample comprised of 200 adolescent school going girls studying in class 8 th , 9 th and 10 th who were selected by Purposive sampling technique from Farooka Khalsa Sr. Sec. School, Bhartiya Public School, D.A.V Public School, Ambala Haryana. The tools used for data collection was structured knowledge questionnaire. The content validity and reliability (0.82) was established. Findings revealed mean knowledge score of adolescent school going girls regarding menstruation and menstrual hygiene was 11.72, median was 11.5 and standard deviation was 3.02. Half (50%) of the subjects have below average knowledge regarding menstruation and menstrual hygiene. There was significant association of level of knowledge of adolescent school going girls with knowledge regarding menstruation prior to onset of menarche, source of information, interval between each menstrual cycle and presence of pre-menstrual symptoms.
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