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Mothers' educational program based on the precede model on the prevention of growth retardation in 6 to 12-month old children in the health centers of Shiraz city, Fars Province, Iran: An Intervention

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Author(s): Seyed Mansour Kashfi | Ali Khani Jeyhouni

Journal: Journal of School of Public Health and Institute of Public Health Research
ISSN 1735-7586

Volume: 9;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 55;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Health education | Precede model | Growth retardation | Children | Shiraz

ABSTRACT
"nBackground and Aim: Child growth disorders are a result of nutritional ignorance and lack of appropriate care and growth monitoring. This study was conducted to assess the effects of mothers' educational program based on the precede model on the prevention of growth retardation in 6 to12-month old children in the health centers of Shiraz city, Fars Province, Iran. "nMaterials and Methods: This quasi-experimental study included 120 mothers (60 cases and 60 controls) with a single exclusively-breastfed child under the coverage of health centers in Shiraz city, Fars province, Iran. A questionnaire was used to collect data on demographic characteristics and the precede model components (knowledge, attitude, enabling and reinforcing factors and maternal behavior). In addition, the children were weighed and their weights recorded. The mothers' educational intervention consisted of six 55 to 60-minute sessions. The questionnaire was completed by the case mothers before and 4 months after the intervention. "nResults: The interventional educational program brought about statistically significant increases in the mean scores of knowledge (p
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