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A comparative study of perception and practices regarding menstrual hygiene among adolescent girls in urban and rural areas of Jodhpur district, Rajasthan

Choudhary, Neha; Gupta, Manoj

Journal of family medicine and primary care. Volume 8:Number 3 (2019, March 1st); pp 875-880 -- Medknow Publications & Media Pvt. Ltd

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  • Title:
    A comparative study of perception and practices regarding menstrual hygiene among adolescent girls in urban and rural areas of Jodhpur district, Rajasthan
  • Author: Choudhary, Neha;
    Gupta, Manoj
  • Found In: Journal of family medicine and primary care. Volume 8:Number 3 (2019, March 1st); pp 875-880
  • Journal Title: Journal of family medicine and primary care
  • Subjects: Adolescents--hygiene--knowledge--menstruation--perception; Dewey: 610.7343
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Medknow Publications & Media Pvt. Ltd
  • Abstract: Context: There are vast disparities of information gap between urban and rural adolescent girls in India, which do have an impact on the practices during menstruation. Aim: To assess and compare the knowledge, perceptions, and practices of adolescent girls regarding menstrual hygiene in rural and urban areas of Jodhpur. Settings and Design: It was a cross-sectional study, which was conducted on school going adolescent girls in urban and rural schools of Jodhpur. Materials and Methods: The sample size for the study was 450, which was divided into rural and urban adolescent girls. A self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection. Statistical Analysis Used: Data were analyzed using SPSS v. 16. Inferences were drawn using Chi-square test and t test. Results: The mean age of menarche was 13.41 ± 1.07 years. A significantly more number of girls from an urban area (56.2%) were using sanitary napkins during menstruation. Only around one-fourth of the girls in study area had ever been counseled for menstrual hygiene. Awareness about adolescent health clinic was significantly more among urban girls. Conclusion: Significant differences were observed among urban and rural adolescent girls in terms of knowledge, perception, and practices related to menstrual hygiene.
  • Identifier: System Number: ETOCvdc_100089956090.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 2278-7135; 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_69_19
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100089956090.0x000001

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