Parental involvement in dealing with reproductive health issues among young girls

Sudha, R. S and Komala, M. (2015) Parental involvement in dealing with reproductive health issues among young girls. International Journal of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies, 2 (10). pp. 1-10. ISSN 2348 – 0343

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Abstract

Parents and family members are influential sources of knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and values for children and youth. They are role model who shape young people�s perception of gender roles and influence the choices that youth make about their own sexual behavior. In the present study, an attempt has been made to study the parental involvement in dealing with reproductive health issues among young girls of Gadag district. A total sample of 551 young girls who have attained menarche were selected at randomly. Out of them, 182 girls were from rural, 202 girls were from urban and 167 girls were from slum areas. The personal and socio-demographic data of the study sample were elicited by administering the pretested questionnaire. The parental involvement in dealing with reproductive health issues among young girls was obtained using pre tested questionnaire which includes questions related to menarche, hygienic conditions, marriage and sexuality, family planning etc. Frequency and percentage was calculated and ?2 test was administered to see the significant association between variable groups. The findings of the study revealed that mothers were actively involved in dealing young girls with reproductive health issues especially about menarche and menstruation while fathers involvement in dealing with reproductive health issues was negligible in urban, rural and slum areas but urban fathers and mothers were little more involved than their counterparts. The involvement of parents in dealing with sex related issues was completely zero or nothing. However there was no significant difference between young girls of different areas with regard to their parents� involvement in dealing with reproductive health issues. On the whole parents�involvement is very poor in dealing with reproductive health issues among young girls living in different areas. Hence the parents who are the primary source for their offspring need to be educated to develop active role in dealing with reproductive health issues along with educating young girls on reproductive health issues.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Menarche and Pubertal changes and Parental Involvement
Subjects: B Life Science > Food Science and Nutrition
Divisions: Department of > Food Science and Nutrition
Depositing User: Shrirekha N
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2019 05:39
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2019 05:39
URI: http://eprints.uni-mysore.ac.in/id/eprint/3915

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