A Study to Assess the Level of Knowledge Regarding Malnutrition among Mothers of under Five Children at Selected Area of Guduvancherry
Author(s): AR. Bharathi*
Malnutrition is widely prevalent of among under five children and is still the major problem in our country especially in urban slums.
Objectives: A study was conducted to assess the knowledge among mothers of under five children regarding prevention of malnutrition view to develop health education module.
Method: Descriptive survey approach was adopted to collect data. A structured interview schedule was prepared and admin structured interview schedule was prepared and administered to30 mothers of under five children based on convenient sampling technique at selected area of guduvancherry, chennai.
Result: Regarding the knowledge on malnutrition, 7(23.3%) mothers had inadequate knowledge, 14 (46.7%) mothers had moderate knowledge and 9 (30%) mothers had adequate knowledge. Considering the association of level of knowledge of the mothers with the demographic variables, mother’s education showed significan?t association (X2=9.8), type of family showed significant association (X2=3.18), and birth space of children also showed significant association (X2=3.9).
Conclusion: It concluded that there was moderate knowledge among the mothers of under five children regarding prevention of Malnutrion & According to association between knowledge and demographic variables, there is Significant between the mothers education, type of family, birth spacing of children.