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Year : 2017 | Month : March | Volume : 11 | Issue : 3 | Page : LC01 - LC04

Knowledge Attitude and Perception of Sex Education among School Going Adolescents in Ambala District, Haryana, India: A Cross-Sectional Study

Randhir Kumar, Anmol Goyal, Parmal Singh, Anu Bhardwaj, Anshu Mittal, Sachin Singh Yadav

1. Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, MMIMSR, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana, India. 2. Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, MMIMSR, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana, India. 3. Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, MMIMSR, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana, India. 4. Professor, Department of Community Medicine, MMIMSR, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana, India. 5. Professor, Department of Community Medicine, MMIMSR, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana, India. 6. Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, MMIMSR, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana, India.

Correspondence Address :
Dr. Randhir Kumar,
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, MMIMSR, Mullana, Ambala-133207, Haryana, India.
E-mail: randhirchintu@gmail.com

Abstract

Introduction: Adolescence is a highly dynamic period characterised by rapid growth and development. Adolescents have limited knowledge about sexual and reproduction health, and know little about the natural processes of puberty, sexual health, pregnancy or reproduction. Sex education should be an integral part of the learning process beginning in childhood and continuing into adult life, because it is lifelong process.

Aim: This study was carried out to identify the knowledge and attitude of imparting sex education in school going adolescents in rural and urban area of Ambala district

Materials and Methods: A cross sectional study design was used to study the knowledge of reproductive and sexual health among school going children. A total of 743 adolescents from age group of 13-19 year were studied, using self designed semi-structured questionnaire to assess the knowledge regarding reproductive and sexual health among adolescents

Results: The mean age of study subjects was 15.958±1.61 years, majority of adolescents i.e., 93.5% favour sex education. An 86.3% said sex education can prevent the occurrence of AIDS and 91.5% of adolescents prefer doctors should give them sex education followed by 83.0% school/teacher and least preference was parents 37.3%.

Conclusion: There were substantial lacunae in the knowledge about reproductive and sexual health. Students felt that sex education is necessary and should be introduced in the school curriculum.

Keywords

Menstruation, Reproductive health, Sexually transmitted diseases

How to cite this article :

Randhir Kumar, Anmol Goyal, Parmal Singh, Anu Bhardwaj, Anshu Mittal, Sachin Singh Yadav. KNOWLEDGE ATTITUDE AND PERCEPTION OF SEX EDUCATION AMONG SCHOOL GOING ADOLESCENTS IN AMBALA DISTRICT, HARYANA, INDIA: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 March [cited: 2017 May 28 ]; 11:LC01-LC04. Available from
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DOI and Others

DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2017/19290.9338

Date of Submission: Feb 08, 2016
Date of Peer Review: Mar 11, 2016
Date of Acceptance: Nov 19, 2016
Date of Publishing: Mar 01, 2017

Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.

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