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EFFECTIVENESS OF IEC PACKAGE REGARDING KNOWLEDGE OF ORAL HYGIENE AMONG THE ADOLESCENT STUDENTS OF HARYANA
Suman Moun Khatkar* and Mohan Soni
Background and aim: The important public health issue among adolescents is Poor oral health. Various studies have noted a high prevalence of dental problems among adolescents. In order to plan successful awareness programme it is essential to evaluate adolescent’s knowledge related to oral hygiene at the school level. The aim of study was to assess the effectiveness of IEC package on knowledge of adolescents regarding oral hygiene in selected schools of Uchand, Jind, Haryana. Materials and Methods: This experimental study included 60 students of Govt. Girls Sr. Sec. School of Uchana selected by probability convenient sampling technique. Data were collected using a semi structured questionnaire and analyzed with Chi-square and student paired t test. Results: In pre-test, majority of the samples 18(60.00%) belongs to average level of knowledge with mean of 13 and 2.1 of standard deviation. Followed by 9(30.00%) with good level of knowledge, 23.77 of mean and 2.657 standard deviation. Followed by 3(10%) of poor knowledge with 9.33 mean and 0.471 standard deviation. In post-test, majority of the samples 27(90.00%) belongs to good level of knowledge with mean of 18.33 and 1.68 of standard deviation. Followed by 3(10.00%) with average level of knowledge, 18.33 of mean and 0.471 standard deviation. Followed by none of the sample belongs to poor level of knowledge. There is a significant association with the obtained knowledge score of adolescents regarding oral hygiene with the selected demographic variables such as Education and Occupation of the parents. Conclusion: This study shown that IEC Package had a significant effect in improving knowledge of adolescents regarding oral hygiene.[Full Text Article]