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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: November | Volume: 8 | Issue: 11 | Pages: 154-160

Knowledge Regarding Autism among Primary School Teachers of Birgunj, Parsa

Ms. Sangita Rai1, Ms. Jamuna Bhattarai2, Ms. Sonam Chaudhary3

1BNS student, 2Head of Department of Community Health Nursing, 3Instructor,
Birgunj Nursing Campus, Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Corresponding Author: Ms. Jamuna Bhattarai


Background: Autism knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries; economic status; lifestyle choices; or educational levels, and can affect any family and any child. Although the overall incidence of autism is consistent around the globe, it is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls.
Objective: To assess the knowledge regarding Autism among private school teachers of Birgunj.
Methods: Researcher had selected 4 schools purposively out of 69 private schools. Under those schools, there were 63 school teachers and self-administered questionnaires were used. All the school teachers were taken as sample using census method. Socio-demographic variable was also elicited.
Results: The mean score of teachers' knowledge regarding autism was 25.22 ± 9.24 ranges was 2-40 and mean score was 63.05.
Conclusion: Study revealed that less than half of the school teachers have a good knowledge regarding autism. Level of knowledge was significantly associated with educational qualification and exposure to autism.

Key words: knowledge, autism and primary school teachers

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