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Practice of Iranian Adolescent Girls Regarding Puberty and Menstrual Hygiene and its Predictors, 2013
Sakineh Mohammad-Alizadeh Charandabi1, Mojgan Mirghafourvand2, Sima Saghi3, Simin Seidi 2, Azad Rahmani4, Somaieh Zareie3
1Research Center of Social Determinants of Health, Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, Midwifery Department, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2Midwifery Department, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
3Master of Midwifery Student, Student Research Committee, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz-Iran
4Nursing Department, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran

IJWHR 2014; 2: 195-204
DOI: 10.15296/ijwhr.2014.28
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Keywords : Adolescent Girls, Menstrual Hygiene, Practice, Puberty
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Objectives: Adolescence is a unique period in life cycle. During this period, adolescents face with many behavioural challenges. This study aimed to determine adolescent girls' practice regarding puberty and menstrual hygiene, as well as its relationship with socio-demographic characteristics.

Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 1017 female students who were studying at second and third grade of secondary schools in Tabriz, 2013. Samples were selected randomly. Questionnaires used in the study were the practice and socio-demographic questionnaires. General linear model was used to determine predictors of practice.

Results: Mean (SD) of practice score in adolescent girls was 64.2 (12.1) from attainable score of 0-100. More than half of students (56.7%) had moderate practice. According to adjusted general liner model, variables of being in second class, having a father with elementary education or illiterate, living in undesirable economic status, having peer groups and friends as main source of information, having insufficient information about puberty had negative relationships with practice score. While, there was a positive relationship between age at menarche and practice score (p<0.05).

Conclusion: The findings show that the practice of adolescents about puberty and menstrual hygiene is moderate. Thus, it is necessary to educate the girls about puberty and menstrual hygiene to enable them to have a healthy reproductive life in future.

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