Effectiveness of adolescent family life education (AFLE) program on adolescent girls’ knowledge, attitude and practice in a rural community of Vellore district, Tamilnadu, South India.

Vathsala, Sadan (2008) Effectiveness of adolescent family life education (AFLE) program on adolescent girls’ knowledge, attitude and practice in a rural community of Vellore district, Tamilnadu, South India. Doctoral thesis, Christian Medical College, Vellore.

[img]
Preview
Text
1401011vathsalasadanrn.pdf

Download (687kB) | Preview

Abstract

Adolescence is often described as a phase of life that begins in biology and ends in society. The word adolescence is derived from a Latin verb “adolescere” which means to grow into maturity. It also means “to emerge”. Adolescence is a formative and the most fascinating period of human life that marks the transition from childhood to adulthood and during this period, new adjustments in life situations will have to be made. Stanley Hall (1904) had characterized adolescence as a period of “storm and stress”. Adolescence is also described as a period of sexual development (Barber, 2004). The present study had shown that the Adolescent Family Life Education program was effective in terms of increasing the knowledge, attitude and practice of rural adolescent girls about family life and thereby promote the health of adolescent girls. Basic information on family life is important for adolescents. The findings of the study were consistent with the literature and have strong support from studies conducted throughout the world. However South Indian studies were found to be scarce in the literature especially the studies done in rural areas. AFLE may be the only place where adolescents can learn accurate information about family life and can practice the skills necessary to maintain good sexual and reproductive health with a positive attitude. Healthy adolescents promote the health of women as they become mothers which in turn lead to a healthy new generation as they reproduce their children. There is a need for community health nurses to take active part in preparing the adolescent girls for family life. If the girls are prepared with adequate knowledge about family life, they will develop a positive attitude to cope with the pubertal changes which in turn helps them develop a healthy attitude towards family life. Thus the adolescents adopt safe and healthy sexual and reproductive practices during adolescence. The community health nurse have a pivotal role and they can make a difference in providing adolescent family life education and can make the adolescent health care services accessible and worthwhile for the adolescent population.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescent family life education; adolescent girls; knowledge; attitude; practice; rural community; AFLE; Vellore; South India
Subjects: NURSING > Community Health Nursing
Depositing User: Devi S
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2017 10:23
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 05:35
URI: http://repository-tnmgrmu.ac.in/id/eprint/194

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item