IMPACT OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EDUCATION ON URBAN ADOLESCENTS; AN INSTITUTE BASED INTERVENTION TRAIL

Dr. M. Ravi Kiran, Dr. N. Partha Sarathy, Dr. A. Sravani, Dr. U. Vijaya Kumar, Dr G. Sravan Kumar

Abstract


BACKGROUND: Understanding the knowledge, practices, and problems related to menstruation and reproductive health, will help in planning programs for this vulnerable group. There is a need that the information regarding reproductive health issues should be made available to adolescents, so that they can make informed and responsible decisions. The present study was carried out with an aim to assess the knowledge of adolescent girls regarding menstruation, pregnancy, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. To impart reproductive health education through various health education models and to study the effect of a health education program in terms of improvement of knowledge. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An Institute based Cross sectional study was done among 100 Intermediate (11th and 12th standard) students of a Government Junior college among 100. Among the 100 students enrolled for the study, 91 were available for the post test. RESULTS: The mean age of the study was 16.98 ± 0.98 years. Among the study majority 39% belong to 16 years and 34% belong to 17 years. Around7.7% still had poor knowledge regarding marriage, pregnancy and contraception when compared to 14% before intervention. Around6.6% still had poor knowledge regarding sexual transmitted diseases when compared to 25% before intervention. CONCLUSION: Reproductive health education is the need of hour. According to local situations other models of education could be implemented but health education should be made compulsory in schools by government with the help of health professionals.


Keywords


Adolescent, Contraception, Pregnancy, Reproductive health, Sexually transmitted diseases

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