Health literacy for adolescent pregnancy prevention of the female vocational students in Nakhon Ratchasima province

Authors

  • Wararat Sangwalee Faculty of Public Health, Vongchavalitkul University
  • Jun Norkaew Faculty of Public Health, Vongchavalitkul University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14456/dcj.2022.12

Keywords:

health literacy, preventive behaviors, adolescent pregnancy, vocational education

Abstract

This research aims to study health literacy for prevention of adolescent pregnancy among first-to-third year female vocational students in Nakhon Ratchasima Province. The study involved 389 female students. Data were collected through questionnaires between August - December 2020 and were analyzed by descriptive statistics, of which results were presented by percentage, frequency, mean, and standard deviation. The association between health literacy and behaviors to prevent unintended pregnancy was examined using Chi-Square statistic with statistical significance of .05. Overall, it was found that when it comes to health literacy for prevention of unplanned pregnancy, 50.39%, 45.50%, and 4.11% of the students have had poor, moderate, and excellent levels of the health literacy, respectively. In addition, the results showed that the levels of health literacy are associated with behaviors to prevent unintended pregnancy with statistical significance of .001. The study suggests that health literacy for prevention of adolescent pregnancy among female vocational students in Nakhon Ratchasima province needs to be improved and developed. Therefore, the efforts to promote health literacy related to pregnancy prevention among female adolescent students should focus on improving awareness, enhancing motivation and building skills to reduce the risk of adolescent pregnancy.

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Published

2022-03-30

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Sangwalee ว, Norkaew จ. Health literacy for adolescent pregnancy prevention of the female vocational students in Nakhon Ratchasima province. Dis Control J [Internet]. 2022 Mar. 30 [cited 2022 Jun. 30];48(1):120-31. Available from: https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/DCJ/article/view/249424

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