Risk factors for anemia among adolescent girls

Karkada, Suja and Bhaduri, Aparna and George, Anice and Sethi, Sarala (2011) Risk factors for anemia among adolescent girls. International Journal of Nursing Education, 3 (1). pp. 51-55. ISSN 0974-9357

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Introduction Adolescence is a crucial period of growth and development in girls and boys. During this period the risk of iron deficiency and anemia appears. In India iron deficiency anemia is a major public health problem affecting people from all walks of life (Dallman, Simes & Stekel, 1980). Objective to explore the factors influencing anemia among anemic adolescent girls. Design a qualitative analysis using grounded theory was carried out for the present study. Setting homes of the selected adolescent girls. Instruments a questionnaire on background information, record of investigations, nutritional assessment and a semi structured questionnaire for interviewing. Participants ten adolescent girls purposively selected; participated in the present study Results the age of the adolescent girls ranged from 12 to 15 years. They were studying in 8th, 9th or 10th standard. Calorie, iron & protein consumption was less compared to their requirement. Hemoglobin ranged from 7.2 to 8.2 gm/ dl.Conclusion adolescents perceived anemia as a major problem. Menstruation, worm infestation and dietary deficiency were found as the major cause; which was consistent with the literature. Therefore the study helps to conclude that health awareness programme for the adolescent girls and their society is essential in preventing anemia

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anemia, Adolescent girls, Hemoglobin, Grounded theory & perceptions
Subjects: Nursing > MCON Manipal > Community Health
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2013 11:41
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2013 11:41
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/79603

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