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. Extend internet usage as a source of reproductive health information and appliance of these information among adolescent girls in Arar Saudi Arabia
Authors: Gehad Mohamed aboel maaty, Lecturer of Community Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Botr Said University Samia Abdel Hakeem, Lecturer of Obstatric &Gyncologic Nursing, Banha University Aziza Attia , Dr Prof of Obstatric & Gyncologic Nursing, Ain Sh
Year: 2010
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The Internet is the world’s largest network of information, communication and services. It is one of a range of health information sources available to adolescents. It is recognized that young people have difficulties accessing traditional health services; in theory, the internet offers them confidential and convenient access to an unprecedented level of information about a diverse range of subjects including reproductive health information. The study aims to a) explore the prevalence of Saudi adolescent girls’ experiences of using the internet to meet their reproductive health information needs, b) identify the relationship between sociodemographic characteristics and internet usage and c) identify the appliance extend of reproductive health information among Saudi adolescent girls’ A descriptive design and convenient sample were used in this study. A total of 416 adolescent girls in the third level were selected from all female secondary schools in Arar. Data was collected in four months from the beginning of January 2010 to June 2010. A structured interviewing questionnaire was used in collecting data. It included the following parts; 1) sociodemographic data, 2) sources of reproductive health information, 3) adolescents perception of the available health information usefulness on the internet, 4) the most common heath information topics accessed by adolescents’ girls through internet and 5) Health assessment sheet , to assess the students health practices Results: 72% of girls aged 16 - 18years and 28% of them aged 19 – 21 years, living with both parents 62%, live with father only 18.8 % and with mother only 9.2% respectively. 44.4 % of the total number of the sample her mother education is a primary school education while 39.2% of her father had a secondary school education. The total sample has all household appliances and 79 % of them considered the internet as a main source of the reproductive health information. Regarding adolescents Perception about health information on the Internet; the majority of them reported that it was available, useful accurate relevant, easy to read, trust worthy and visually appealing respectively. Sexually transmitted diseases was found to be the most common reproductive health information topic accessed by the adolescent (35 %) followed by pregnancy (32%), drug abuse (12%), fitness & exercises (8%), dieting & nutrition (7%) and sexual abuse (6%) respectively. As well as the rates of harmful health practices and health problems and lack of awareness were significant higher among adolescent’s girls with less internet usage.

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