The Relationship of Knowledge of Young Women Class VII about Menarche with Attitude Towards Performing Personal Hygiene in SMPN 2 Plosoklaten Kediri District
The lack of knowledge about menarche may cause health problems such as anemia and ISR disease. Besides, the wrong personal hygiene care on reproductive organ promotes germs breeding. This study aims to examine the relationship of knowledge of young women class VII about menarche with attitude towards performing personal hygiene in SMPN 2 Plosoklaten Kediri District. This study uses correlational research design with cross sectional approach. The population comprises all young women class VII. The samples are taken by using total sampling technique which are amounted to 72 respondents. The independent variable of this study is the young women knowledge about menarche and the dependent variable is the young women attitude towards personal hygiene performance. This study in SMPN 2 Plosoklaten Kediri District. The instrument used is questionnaire and the data processing includes editing, coding, scoring, and tabulating. The data then is analyzed by using chi-square test. Results of research from 72 respondents found 40 respondents (55.6%) knowledgeable enough and 43 respondents (59.7%) have negative attitude. Based on the chi-square test, the p value=0.000<α (0.05) and r =0.697 so that H1 is accepted. It means that there is a relationship of knowledge of young women class VII about menarche with attitude towards performing personal hygiene in SMPN 2 Plosoklaten Kediri District. There are still many young women with enough knowledge to have negative attitude so that reproductive health education is needed from the school side.Therefore, counseling about reproduction health is crucial to perform. Hopefully, the health workers and teachers increase the teenagers’ awareness on the importance of reproduction health and the respondents have positive attitude along with knowledge enhancement.