ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE REGARDING EARLY MENARCHE AMONG SCHOOL GIRLS IN BANGALORE

Sumathy Gee, Kokilavani N

Abstract


In recent years the age of attaining puberty has declined gradually, from 14 or 15 years to 8 or 9 years. At such a young age there is lack of awareness
regarding physiological, psychological and behavioral changes during menarche. The aim of the study is to assess the level of knowledge (K),
attitude (A) and practice (P) regarding menarche among girls (n=30) in rural and urban schools in Bangalore, Karnataka. A data collection
instrument (DCI) was developed to quantitatively measure the KAP. Our results show that, irrespective of the place of residence, only 20% of both
rural and urban school girls had a moderate KAP (50 – 75%) regarding management of menarche. To address this lack of awareness, we propose an
interventional package which is nurse led education, nurse led discussion and nurse led demonstration of exercises during menstruation.


Keywords


menarche, school girls, data collection instrument

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