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Soc Work Public Health. 2011;26(6):594-604. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2010.525144.

Cultural and social practices regarding menstruation among adolescent girls.

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Department of Rural Management, Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi, India. pandeyanant@hotmail.com

Abstract

The study attempts to find out the existing social and cultural practices regarding menstruation, awareness levels, and the behavioral changes that come about in adolescent girls during menstruation, their perception about menarche, how do they treat it, and the various taboos, norms, and cultural practices associated with menarche. The study was conducted on 117 adolescent girls (age 11-20 years) and 41 mothers from various communities and classes in Ranchi comprising residential colonies and urban slums. The findings unfolds many practices: cultural and social restrictions associated with menstruation, myth, and misconception; the adaptability of the adolescent girls toward it; their reaction, reaction of the family; realization of the importance of menstruation; and the changes that have come in their life after menarche and their resistance to such changes. The article also suggests the strategies to improve menstrual health and hygiene among adolescent girls. The study concludes that cultural and social practices regarding menstruation depend on girls' education, attitude, family environment, culture, and belief.

PMID:
21932979
DOI:
10.1080/19371918.2010.525144
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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