The Effect of Health Educational Program on Knowledge and Health Behaviors of Ten National Health Recommendations among Primary School Students in Wat Chiao Osot Community School, Nakhon Nayok Province
Keywords:health educational program, health behaviors, Ten National Health Recommendations, primary school students
Introduction: Having good health habits from childhood is essential to grow up to be a healthy person. By cultivating children and youth, the appropriate implementation of the Ten National Health Recommendations can promote and prevent future health problems. Research objectives: This research study used a quasi-experimental research approach utilizing the one group pre-test/post-test design. The purposes of this research were to study the effects of the health educational program on the knowledge and health behaviors of primary school students concerning the Ten National Health Recommendations, before and after organizing the health educational program. Research methodology: The samples comprised Grade 4 students at Wat Chiao Osot Community School in Nakhon Nayok Province. The total number of sampled students was 23, who participated in the health educational program over a period of five weeks. The research instruments included 1) the health educational program, and 2) questionnaires to gather data concerning the knowledge 3) questionnaires to gather data concerning health behaviors, and 4) a satisfaction assessment form. The data were analyzed by using descriptive statistics consisting of mean, standard deviation, frequency, percentage and paired sample t-test at a significance level of .05. Results: The results showed that the knowledge scores and health behaviors scores for the participants, after participation in the program, exhibited statistically significant differences with p-values of .001 and .017, respectively. Additionally, the students' satisfaction towards the health educational program, after participating in the program, was at the highest level ( = 4.88, SD. = 0.43). Conclusions: The results showed that health education program with fairy tale can development of knowledge and health behaviors of Grade 4 students. Implications: The results of this research could be useful as information for maintenance and teaching plan development in order to ensure that primary school students can act in accordance with the Ten National Health Recommendations.
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