Comparing Health Literacy in High School Female Students and Their Mothers Regarding Women’s Health

Document Type : Original Article


1 . MSc Student in Community Health Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Islamic Azad University of Isfahan(Khorasgan), Isfahan, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Islamic Azad University of Isfahan(Khorasgan), Isfahan, Iran


Methods: the present study is descriptive-analytical with comparative type and the statistical population included 200 secondary female school students and their mothers who were randomly selected. The tool to collect data was a two-part researcher-made questionnaire the first part whereof involved demographic information and the second part includes 41 questions of health literacy about women’s health in 5 aspects of menstruation hygiene, nutrition, breast self-examination, body activity, iron deficiency anemia. Reliability and validity of the questionnaire were confirmed and the data were analyzed via SPSS22 software.
Results: there was not observed any significant difference in three aspects of menstruation hygiene, nutrition and breast self-examination between mean scores of two female groups and their mothers according to Mann-Whitney instability test (p>0.05); however, there was a significant difference in the aspects of body activities and iron deficiency anomia (p<0.05).
Conclusion: taking the results of the study, high school female students under study and their mothers have average healthy literacy level regarding women’s health. Therefore, considering the fact that the girls receive greatest education in the field of women’s hygiene from their mothers in the adolescence, the necessity of diagnosing limiters of health literacy in the society and specific attention to the mothers’ teaching and including curriculum of health literacy for female students are advised to promote health.
Paper Type: Research Article.


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