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Parsa P, Mosavi Z, Fatemeh C, Farhadiyan M. Comparing the effect of lecture and peer training on menstrual health knowledge and practices among high school girls in Hamadan city, 2014. Avicenna J Nurs Midwifery Care. 2015; 23 (1) :26-37
URL: http://nmj.umsha.ac.ir/article-1-1360-en.html
1- Hamadan University of Medical Sciences
2- Hamadan University of Medical Sciences , f_cheragi@yahoo.com
3- 3- Dept. Statistics Hamadan University of Medical Sciences
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  Background: Poor menstrual health can lead to serious health problems among adolescent girls. This study was performed to assess the impact of two school-based menstrual education programs (lecture and peer) on menstrual knowledge and practices in high school girls.

  Methods: This quasi-experimental interventional study was conducted on 200 female students (100 in peer and 100 in lecture group) of a high school selected by cluster sampling in Hamadan city in 2014. The participants were trained either by peers or through lectures during 4 weekly sessions and then were compared. Data were collected by a structured questionnaire containing questions about students' menstrual hygiene, knowledge and practice. Two groups were compared at pre-test, immediately after training, and one month after completing the training program. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, independent t-test, chi-square test and analysis of variance with repeated measures.

  Result: There were no significant differences between the two groups for mean age (13.35 in lecture and 13.31 in peer group P> 0 .05) and age at menarche (12.41 in lecture and 12.20 in peer group P> 0 .05).The mean score of knowledge and practice in the two groups significantly increased over time (before, immediately after and one month after training) (P< 0 .001). The results showed a significant difference between the two groups on knowledge and practices of menstrual health (P< 0 .001).

  Conclusions: Peer group education is an efficient method for menstrual health promotion. Hence, health planners must be able to provide health programs for training and empowerment of adolescent girls.


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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Nursing
Received: 2015/04/30 | Accepted: 2015/06/14 | Published: 2015/06/21

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