EFFECTIVENESS OF CHILD TO CHILD APPROACH TO HEALTH EDUCATION ON PREVENTION OF WORM INFESTATION AMONG CHILDREN OF SELECTED PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN MANGALORE
Worm infestation a common childhood problem, which affects growth and development of children and has a close relationship with the socio demographic and ecological factors like poverty, illiteracy, poor personal and environmental hygiene. Through children the entire family may eventually get worms and suffer. Therefore interventions in this regard should be carried out aiming at children, to develop healthier habits through creating awareness through child friendly and innovative ways. Schools have the advantage of being a common platform providing systematic education for development of children. An evaluative study using quasi experimental research design was used to determine the effectiveness of traditional and child to child approach of health education among 100 primary school children selected through cluster sampling technique. Health education was provided to a group of children using traditional methods. To another group health education was provided through peers trained and motivated by the investigator to carry out peer interaction. The study found the mean difference in the knowledge scores of children significant in traditional health education group (t=5.61, p<0.05), child to child group (t=6.42, p<0.05). A significant difference in the post health education knowledge scores were observed (t=2.06, p<0.05). A significant association was found between pre health education knowledge scores and 2 education of parents(x =9.74, p<0.05). The study concludes that through proper training of peers and motivation the child to child approach to health education improves the knowledge level of children on common issues concerning children in an effective way.
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