Attitudes towards dysmenorrhoea, impact and treatment seeking among adolescent girls: A rural school-based survey.

Wong , LP. (2011) Attitudes towards dysmenorrhoea, impact and treatment seeking among adolescent girls: A rural school-based survey. The Australian Journal of Rural Health. ISSN 1038-5282

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Abstract

Objective: Study aimed to determine the prevalence of dysmenorrhoea, its impact, and treatment-seeking behaviour of rural adolescent girls in Malaysia. Participants and setting: Large cross-sectional study on 1295 adolescent girls (aged 13-19 years) from 16 public secondary schools in rural districts of Kelantan, Malaysia conducted between February 2009 and April 2009. Results: Dysmenorrhoea was reported in 76.0% of the participants. Concentration at school (59.9%) and participation in social events (58.6%) have been most affected. Multivariate analysis shows that being in upper secondary level was the strongest predictor for poor concentration, absenteeism, and poor school grade due to dysmenorrhoea. In spite of its high prevalence and enormous impact on their lives, 76.1% believed that dysmenorrhoea is a normal part of the female menstrual cycle and only 14.8% sought medical treatment. The majority of adolescents obtained information from their mothers (62.3%) and peers (52.9%). Conclusion: The findings imply the need for educating adolescent girls on effective management of dysmenorrhoea. Education should be extended to parents and school peer leaders to address the reproductive health needs of adolescents.

Item Type: Article
Creators:
  1. Wong , LP.(University of Malaya)
Journal or Publication Title: The Australian Journal of Rural Health
Additional Information: Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Julius Center University of Malaya, and Center for Population Health, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dysmenorrhoea
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2011 12:08
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2011 12:08
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/1906

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