A study to asses knowledge, attitude and practices of mothers of under five children regarding prevention of Protein Energy Malnutrition
Mr. Harish Kumar Sharma, Dr. Chellarani Vijayakumar, Dr. Yogesh Yadav
Journal Title:GFNPSS Global Nursing Journal of India
Introduction: Protein Energy Malnutrition is a public health problem in under five children and mothers are mainly
responsible for that. So this study was conducted to assess knowledge Attitude and Practices of mothers of under than five
children regarding Protein Energy Malnutrition and its prevention.
Material and method: This study was conducted on 300 mothers of under five children residing in Dhand for more than
one year. Mothers who are not available at the time of survey were excluded from study. Section 'A': details demographic
data of the mother, child and the familySection 'B': This section includes assessing the knowledge of the mothers of under
five children with a structured questionnaire.
Result: Out of 300 mothers of under five children, 240 (80%) of the mothers have inadequate knowledge, 60 (20%)
mothers of under five children have moderate knowledge and none of them are having adequate knowledge. (Out of 300
mothers of under five children, majority of 170 (56.66%) mothers of under five children belongs to neutral attitude, 130
(43.33%) mothers of under five children had favourable attitude and none of them had unfavourable attitude.
Discussion: The present study 240(80%) of the mothers of under five children have inadequate knowledge, 60 (20%)
mothers of under five children have moderate knowledge and none of them are having adequate knowledge.
Keywords: Mothers of under Five Children, Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM), Knowledge Attitude and Practices