Volume 64, Issue 1 (30 2006)                   Tehran Univ Med J 2006, 64(1): 69-73 | Back to browse issues page

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Moradi-Shahrebabak H, Dorosti-Motlagh A, Hoseini M, Sadrzadeh H. Assessment Of Maternal Nutritional Knowledge, Attitude And Practice Of 6-36 Month Olds Children Referred To Kerman Health Centers, 2003 . Tehran Univ Med J. 2006; 64 (1) :69-73
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Background and Aim: Prevalence of malnutrition is high in under-5 years old children and mother’s nutritional knowledge, attitude, practice(KAP) is associated to nutritional status of children and lack of nutritional knowledge and their poor practices can be considered of prominent causes of children malnutrition. This study carried out to assess the nutritional knowledge, attitude and practice of mothers.

Materials and Methods: In this study a group of 632 mothers who had at least one child aged 6-36 month old referred to Kerman health centers were selected to evaluate their nutritional KAP. The data were collected using questionnaires and face-to-face interviews with the mothers and from children health care records. The KAP questionnaires were completed and scores were rated as: optimum, relatively optimum and poor for subjects that achieved 80% – 100%, 60% – 80% and < 60% of high scores respectively.

Results: The findings of this study indicated that 40/2%, 73/6% and 26/9% of mothers had respectively optimum knowledge, attitude and practice. A statistically significant association was found between mother education and maternal nutritional knowledge, attitude and practice. And family income had a statistically significant association with knowledge and not with practice and attitude. There was no association between mother age and knowledge, attitude, practice. And was found a significant positive association between knowledge, attitude, practice.

Conclusion: Education of mothers concerning nutritional requirements of children make them possible to benefit a proper nutritional program.

Keywords: mothers
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