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Asian / Pacific Island Nursing Journal

Corresponding Author

Setyowati Setyowati

Abstract

Menarche and menstruation are considered taboos and disconcerting by communities, including female adolescents. The Menarcheal Preparation Reproductive Health Education program was designed to prepare female adolescents for menarche. The aim of this study was to identify the influence of reproductive health education on female adolescents’ preparation, knowledge, emotional response, and attitude toward menarche. The research design was a quasi-experimental, pre–post test with control group design. We selected 174 female adolescents by a stratified random sampling technique. The respondents were divided into two groups: control and intervention. The intervention group was provided Menarcheal Preparations Reproductive Health Education program in the form of a booklet, whereas the control group experienced no intervention. Data analyses involved the use of a chi-square test, McNemar test, and logistic regression. The results showed that there were significant differences in terms of knowledge (p = .001), emotional responses (p = .001), and attitude (p = .001) between the groups, as well as before and after intervention in the intervention group. Logistic regression revealed that reproductive education was the most influencing factor among female adolescents’ knowledge (OR = 45.1; 95% CI: 13.8–148.1), emotional responses (OR = 12.7; 95% CI: 5.6–28.5), and attitude (OR = 12.4; 95% CI: 5.8–26.6) toward menarche. Therefore, this study supports a recommendation of using Reproductive Health Education Related to Menarcheal Preparation in schools and community settings to prepare female adolescents for menarche.

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