Awareness on Nutritional Anemia and its Prevention among Adolescent Girls

Authors

  • Santhi P.1 , G. Ambujam2

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i1.2434

Keywords:

Awareness, Nutritional anemia, Prevention, Adolescent girls.

Abstract

Background: Adolescence is the period of rapid growth with physical & physiological development and
profound biological, emotional, social, and cognitive changes in human beings. Nutritional anemia is the
common & worldwide public health problem among adolescent girls and overall prevalence of nutritional
anemia varies from 40-90%. It may produce adverse effects like increased risk of morbidity and mortality
and affects adolescent’s future health.
Objective: This study aimed to assess the awareness on nutritional anemia and its prevention among
adolescent girls.
Method: A non experimental descriptive design was adopted to assess awareness on nutritional anemia and
its prevention among adolescent girls at Keezhakasakudi, Karaikal. A total of 60 adolescent girls between
10-15 years of age were selected by convenience sampling technique. Data was collected by using self
structured interview schedule. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analysis the gathered
data.
Results: The study results reported that the majority 63% (38) of adolescent girls had inadequate awareness,
27% (16) had moderately adequate awareness and only 10% (6) had adequate awareness on nutritional
anemia and its prevention. The overall mean was 9.6 with standard deviation±2.49. The results of the
present study also revealed that there was statistically significant association between level of awareness on
nutritional anemia with age of the adolescent girls.
Conclusion: Nutritional anemia as the major non communicable disease and contributing negative impact
on health, it necessitates the need to organize counseling programs to adolescent girls in schools and colleges
with much emphasis on impact of nutritional anemia on future health.

Author Biography

Santhi P.1 , G. Ambujam2

1
Research Scholar, Associate Professor, Vinayaka Mission’s College of Nursing, Karaikal, Vinayaka Missions’
Research Foundation–DU, Salem, 2
Dean & Professor of Surgery, Research Guide, Vinayaka Mission’s Medical
College, Karaikal, Vinayaka Missions’ Research Foundation–DU, Salem

Published

2021-01-09

How to Cite

Santhi P.1 , G. Ambujam2. (2021). Awareness on Nutritional Anemia and its Prevention among Adolescent Girls. Medico Legal Update, 21(1), 925-929. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i1.2434