Knowledge level, myths and taboos practised during menstruation among adolescent residential and non-residential school girls
Krutika Chanda, Sunanda Itagi
The study was conducted to explore the level of knowledge on menstrual hygiene, myth and taboos observed during menstruation among of 60 residential and 60 non-residential school age girls from rural and urban areas of Dharwad taluk. The tools used for the study are Socio Economic Status (SES) of the family was assessed using socio- economic scale and self-structured questionnaire was used to elicit the information regarding knowledge and practice of menstrual hygiene during menstruation among girls. The results pointed out that there was no difference and significant association found between the residential and non-residential school girls in case of knowledge on menstrual hygiene. While there was significant difference but highly significant association was found between the rural and urban school girls. It was observed that 96.67 per cent girls take bath immediately attainment of menses and 3.33 per cent girls indicated that they didn’t take bath immediately after menses and the entire respondent from residential and non-residential (100%) didn’t enter temple or holy places during their menses which indicates that still some of the myths and taboos are followed among the school girls. Hence there is a need for educator and parents to provide accurate and adequate information about menstruation to young school girls.