Awareness of Non-communicable diseases and their Risk Factors among Adolescents: A Comparative Questionnaire Study

Authors

  • Athira Bhaskaran
  • Juniya Thomas
  • Roselin Sumesh
  • Kevin Rodrigues
  • Shycil Mathew

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i3.15291

Keywords:

Adolescents, Awareness, Non -communicable diseases, Rural, Urban

Abstract

Background: Non-communicable diseases are also known as chronic diseases. The burdens of noncommunicable diseases are increasing day by day. Disability and early death are the results, which are turning
out to be the biggest concern for health in the world. The purpose of the study was to assess the awareness
of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors among adolescents studying in selected high schools
at Mangaluru. Methods: A comparative descriptive research design was adopted for this study. The sample
was drawn through a simple random sampling technique and the sample consisted of 120 (60 each) urban
and rural adolescents. The tool used for the study was a demographic proforma and structured knowledge
questionnaire. Conclusion: The mean percentage of the awareness scores among urban adolescents was
60.31% when compared to rural adolescents 43.06%. There was a significant difference in the level of
awareness on non-communicable diseases and its risk factors between urban and rural adolescents that is,
the calculated t value (t118=25.55) is greater than the table value (t118=1.98) at a 0.05 level of significance.
The findings of the study suggest that schools should play an active role and on another side parents need to
provide a supportive environment for their children to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Author Biographies

Athira Bhaskaran

Yenepoya Nursing College, 4th BS.c(N) Student, Deralakatte, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India

Juniya Thomas

Yenepoya Nursing College, 4th BS.c(N) Student, Deralakatte, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India,

Roselin Sumesh

Yenepoya Nursing College, 4th BS.c(N) Student, Deralakatte, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India,

Kevin Rodrigues

Yenepoya Nursing College, 4th BS.c(N) Student, Deralakatte, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India

Shycil Mathew

Lecturer, Yenepoya
Nursing College, Yenepoya (Deemed to be University), Department of Community Health Nursing , Deralakatte,
Mangaluru, Karnataka, India

Published

2021-05-17

How to Cite

Athira Bhaskaran, Juniya Thomas, Roselin Sumesh, Kevin Rodrigues, & Shycil Mathew. (2021). Awareness of Non-communicable diseases and their Risk Factors among Adolescents: A Comparative Questionnaire Study. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(3), 123-128. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i3.15291

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