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Study about Reproductive Health awareness among Rural College going Girls in Varanasi district, Uttar Pradesh, India

Author Affiliations

  • 11Department of Home science, Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221005
  • 21Department of Home science, Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221005
  • 3Department of Community Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221005

Res. J. Family, Community and Consumer Sci., Volume 3, Issue (2), Pages 1-6, April,27 (2015)

Abstract

Aim of the present study was to assess the awareness of rural college going girls regarding reproductive health issues. A cross- sectional study was conducted, in which 360 rural college going girls selected by simple random sampling technique. The sample was drawn from two college namely Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel Degree College, Bacchaon (Kashividyapeeth Block) and Deen Dayal Uppadhyaya Degree college (Sewapuri Block) of Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh. The Participants were at graduation level of different subjects. A pre-structured and pre- tested questionnaire was administered to collect data after taking permission from principal with the consent of participants. The questions concerning views and awareness of participants i.e. age of marriage for boys and girls, preferred age for marriage, interval between two children, number of children, son preferences, suitable age at the first conception, sources of reproductive health information, views about to providing sex education in educational institution with level of education and attitude of respondents parents towards reproductive health education matters were asked. Girls were between the age group of 17 to 23 year with mean age 18.89 year. Majority of participants (88.9%) want to marry after the age of 18. Early marriage (marriage before 18) was preferred by 04(1.1%). Though 305 (84.7%) girls were aware of the small family norms. More than half (57.2%) girls want to conceive between 22-25 year. Main source of sexual and reproductive health related facts was family members and friend followed by electronic media. Most respondents reported the conservative and non-supportive attitude of parents on sexual and reproductive health related topics. Results highlight that limited source of information contribute to poor awareness on reproductive health matters, even among young girls attending higher education.

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