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Original Research Article

Year: 2019 | Month: January | Volume: 9 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 132-137

Menstrual Practices and Knowledge among Adolescent Girls: A Cross- Sectional Study in Rural Area of Haryana

Manisha Rani1, Priyanka Kumari1, Neha Rani2

1Assistant Professor, MM Institute of Nursing, Mullana
2Clinical Instructor, MM Institute of Nursing, Mullana

Corresponding Author: Manisha Rani


Menstrual hygiene and management is an issue that is insufficiently acknowledged and has not yet received adequate attention. We don’t have much evidence about practice and knowledge of adolescent girls about menstruation in rural areas of Haryana; hence we conducted a study to assess menstrual practices (expressed) and knowledge of adolescent girls in rural area of Haryana.
Materials and methods: A total of 500 adolescent girls of age group 11-16 Years studying in 10 government schools were included using non-probability Purposive sampling technique. Data was collected using expressed practice checklist (test retest method=0.89) and structured knowledge questionnaire (KR-20=0.77).  
Results of study reveals regarding the level of practice score of adolescent girls, 9.2% had healthy level (>75%) of practices, 86% had moderately healthy level (50-75%) of practices, and 4.8% had unhealthy level (<50%) of practices. Further results illustrates that 29% had very good level (>75%) of knowledge, 34% had good level (61-75%) of knowledge followed by 31% with average level (50-60%) of knowledge and 6% had below average level (<50%) of knowledge.
There was a low positive correlation between expressed practice and knowledge score of adolescent girls regarding management of Menstruation as evident by computed ‘r’ value of 0.49. Expressed practice & Knowledge score of adolescent girl’s was having partially significant association with occupational status, religion and source of information.
Conclusion: This study concludes that adolescent girls in rural areas do not have appropriate expressed practice and knowledge regarding menstruation. Efforts should be taken to improve the practice and knowledge of adolescent rural girls regarding management of menstruation

Key words: Adolescent girls, Expressed Practices, Knowledge, Menstruation

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