The effect of Menstrual Health education conducted with peer education method to adolescent girls in 6-8 classes on information and behaviors 6-8. sınıf adolesan kızlara akran eǧitimi yöntemiyle uygulanan Menstruasyon Saǧlıǧı eǧitiminin bilgi ve davranışlar üzerindeki etkisi

Gölbaşi Z., Doǧaner G., ERBAŞ N.

TAF Preventive Medicine Bulletin, vol.11, no.2, pp.189-196, 2012 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.5455/pmb.20111130122734
  • Journal Name: TAF Preventive Medicine Bulletin
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.189-196
  • Keywords: Adolescent Girls, Menstrual Health Behaviors, Menstruation, Peer Education
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


Aim: Research was conducted as a experimental study in order to determine the effect of menstrual health education conducted with peer education to adolescent girls in 6-8 classes on information and behaviors. Method: The study was made in Primary School of Regional Girl Boarding. Working group consisted of 202 students responded completely pre-test and post-test from 214 female students studying in this school in 2008-2009 academic year. Data were collected by Personal Characteristics Form and Menstruation and Menstrual Health Information Form. The forms were implemented to all students before the start of peer education program. Then, a total of 24 students including two students from each class were chosen as a peer educator with simple random sampling method. Peer educators were given information about menstruation and menstrual health for 2 hours per week and a total of 6 hours during 3 weeks in line with the educational booklet. Peer educator were asked to share acquired this information with classmates in various environments. Forms used at the beginning of students were applied to students again 4 weeks after completion of peer education program. Results: The average score of the students' knowledge of menstruation and menstrual health increased significantly (p <0.05) after the peer education program. Also, a statistically significant increase has occurred in the behaviors of students' washing their hands before the toilet during menstruation, lustrating from front to back with toilet paper, bathing in the form of shower during menstruation, using cotton underwear, changing frequently pads used and taking away the pads used by wrapping (p<0.05). Conclusion: It can be considered that the method of peer education is an effective method to increase knowledge of adolescent girls about menstruation and menstrual health and develop health behaviors.