Awareness regarding puberty changes in secondary school children of Bagalkot, Karnatakaā€¯- A cross sectional study 3016-3019
Dr.A.S.Dorle, E-mail:ashok.dorle @rediffmail.com Contact number +919448408244
Research Question was whether the students are aware regarding secondary sex characters during puberty and also regarding STI and RTI and to know what the sources of their information are. Objectives were to evaluate the awareness regarding puberty changes in both boys and girls also to find out the necessity of the subject of sex education in the curriculum and to find out the source of information of the respondents. It was a cross sectional study conducted in Basaveshwar High school, Bagalkot, the Participants were 8th, 9th and 10th Standard students. The data was collected by using pre- tested and pre- designed proforma. The results obtained were as follows: 1) Out of 502 students, 394 (78.49%) were boys and 108 (21.51%) were girls. 2) Only 19.80% of the boys and 9.25% of the girls had correct knowledge regarding secondary sex characters. 3) About 45.18% of boys discussed sex matters with their friends and unlike the boys, 55.56% of the girls discussed it with their parents. 4) Nearly Ā¾th of the (74.07%) girls did not have prior knowledge about menstruation and 66.7% of the girls used unhygienic pads during menstruation. 5) 41.23% of the students mentioned the inclusion of sex education from higher secondary school. Half of the students did not specify regarding the inclusion of sex education in the curriculum. 6) Only Ā¼th of the boys and girls had correct knowledge about Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 7) About 58.62% of the boys and 60.18% of the girls had either correct or some knowledge about HIV transmission. 8) 52.28 % of the boys and 46.26% of the girls had either correct or some knowledge regarding the prevention of HIV/AIDS. 9) 51.52% of the boys got the information through television, while only 40.74% of girls got the information through television.