Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2019)
Parental factors associated with the morbidity among the adolescent girls: A study from the Pune city
Author(s): Dr. Neha Joshi, Dr. Manoj Kumar, Dr. Kunal Chatterjee
Abstract: Background: Parental awareness regarding the importance of personal hygiene in disease prevention is very important. Adolescent girls of urban slum area do not have sufficient interaction with their parent. Aims and Objectives: To study the parental factors associated with morbidity among adolescent girls. Materials and Methods: Two hundred and twenty-four adolescent girls who were the permanent residents of an urban slum area of Pune were studied having age between 10-19 years. Data were collected using personal interviews of the subjects and their parents with the help of the nearest Anganwadi/urban health center. Socio-demographic profile (age and education), parental details including education, occupation and clinical examination of the girls were recorded. Results: Mean age of adolescent girls was 14.29 ±1.86 years. Majority of the parents were educated till high school and it was found that education was more in fathers than mothers. No association was found between parent education and occupation with the presence of common morbidities. Conclusion: We did not find any association between parental factors such as education, and occupation with the morbidity status of the adolescent girls.