Publication: Improving pre and post menarcheal 12 year girl's attitudes towards menstruation

Improving pre and post menarcheal 12 year girl's attitudes towards menstruation.
Durban, Sydafrika: ICN 24TH QUADRENNIAL CONGRESS, Leading Change: Building Healthier Nations, 27 June – 4 July 2009; 2009.

Abstract

Poster. Background: If girls fail to learn about the basics of menstruation, it will be even more difficult to teach them the risks of unprotected sexual activity. Some authors suggest menarche as the best opportunity to intensify efforts to educate girls concerning risks associated with unprotected sexual intercourse. Previous research shows that teaching methodologies, language and timing must be on a level with the capacity for understanding. Objective: Twelve-year old schoolgirls from three communities in southwestern Sweden were invited to participate in the study. The communities were a mixture of urban, village and rural populations. Method: We compare a new structured, interactive, multisensory, group learning education is one of the first controlled trials evaluating approaches to educating 12-year-old girls in the transformation to womanhood. We compared the effect of the active intervention with a standard intervention on attitudes towards menstruation. Results: If the active intervention was given to premenarcheal girls just before menarche, it seemed beneficial. Our interpretation of these results is that girls should be reached actively by offering group education, if possible, just prior to menarche. Education should be held in groups, interactive, concrete and based on multisensory learning. Because early and late-matured girls` attitudes remained unchanged towards menstruation using our approach, further research is needed. Conclusion: If the girls received new structured, interactive, multisensory, group learning education just prior to menarche it resulted in improvements in attitudes toward menstruation. The education must be concrete and be relevant.


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