Assessment of puberty health behaviour and it’s affecting factors in female secondary school students in Khamir city during 2015-2016

Farnaz Eslamimehr, Ali Ramezankhani, Soheila Khodakarim, Fatemeh Rakhshani

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Abstract

Background and Aims: Puberty in the most important evaluation during adolescence. This evolutionary change is referred to as a turning point of an adolescence. The present study was aimed to determine puberty heath behaviour and its affecting factor among girl students of khamir city at their first year of high-school in 2015 -2016.
Materials and methods: During this cross sectional study, totally 260 secondary school students were sampled in Khamir city. The sampling was done in full. The data were collected through questionnaires and statistical analysis was performed using SPSS 16 software through independent t-test, ANOVA and Pearson correlation coefficient.
Results: The mean and standard deviation of respondent’s age were 13.8 and 0.8 years, respectively. The first menstrual period (menarche) happened around an average (±standard deviation) age of 12.42 (±0.8).
About 65% of students were moderately aware about puberty health . Also, the majority of students (81.9%) produced a moderate performance in their adulthood. The results further showed a statistically significant relationship between knowledge and behavior of students with regard to adolescent health (P<0/001).
Conclusion: It seems that students’ performance in the first menstrual period was influenced by factors such as lack of proper awareness about menstrual hygiene. This study revealed that adolescent health behaviour of students was at the intermediate level. Thus the implementation of health education programs is suggested to modify the health behaviour of girls during puberty.
Keywords: Knowledge, pubertal health behavior, female students

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