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The effectiveness of menstrual education module for children and adolescent refugees: a pilot study

Daud, Nur Aizati Athirah and Badrul Hisham, Muhammad Aqif and Mohamed Tahir, Ahmad Rashidi and Syed Hussien, Sh Fatimah Alzahrah (2022) The effectiveness of menstrual education module for children and adolescent refugees: a pilot study. In: 23rd Annual Scientific Conference 2022, 8th - 9th October 2022, The Everly Hotel Putrajaya (Hybrid Conference).

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Objectives: Females across low- to middle-income countries have limited knowledge and understanding about menstruation prior to reaching menarche. One of the marginalised populations prone to this challenge is the female refugees in Malaysia. The objective of this pilot study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a menstrual health module developed for children and adolescent refugees. Methods: This is a pilot intervention study among children and adolescents aged 9 to 17 years old attending a school for refugees and stateless children located in Selayang, Selangor. A menstrual health module was developed containing basic knowledge on reproductive organs, changes during menstruation, menstruation cycle, and menstrual hygiene management. Activities were carried out during this program to engage the participants. A set of 20 quiz questions were given, pre- and post-intervention. Scores from the quiz were compared using paired T-test to evaluate the effectiveness of the module. Results: A total of 11 children participated in the program (mean age: 12.8 + 1.3 years). All of the participants are Muslims and the majority of them are Myanmar refugees (n=10, 90.9%). The majority stayed with their parents (n=9, 81.8%). About half of the participants have fathers who are without any education (n=6, 54.5%), while most of the fathers were working full time (n=9, 81.8%). The majority of the participants had a monthly household income of less than RM2500 (n=10, 90.9%). The post-intervention mean score for the quiz questions was significantly higher than the pre-intervention mean score (15.9 + 2.3 and 6.3 + 4.9 for postand pre-intervention, respectively) (p<0.001). Conclusion: The menstrual education module was shown to be effective in increasing the knowledge of menstruation and menstrual hygiene among children and adolescent refugees. Rooms for improvements were identified for further revision of the menstrual health module.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Slide Presentation)
Uncontrolled Keywords: menstruation, period, refugees, menstrual hygiene education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Depositing User: Dr Sh Fatimah AlZahrah Syed Hussien
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2023 12:02
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2023 12:02
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/102938

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