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Influence of Social Economic Class On Menace of Nigerian Girls In Port Harcourt

A. Nwafor, E. Oruande
KEYWORDS: sex education, social economic class, menarche, girls


This work used historical data to study the influence of social economic class (SEC) on menarche and some menstrual changes in Nigerian girls using undergraduates of the University of Port Harcourt as a model system for the study. The girls were randomly selected and graded into SEC according to their parent's educational level, occupation, income per capita, and access to better health care. Onset of menarche for the upper, middle and low SEC commenced at 11.68 ± 1.49, 13.63 ± 1.52, and 15.57± 1.59 years respectively, with mean of 13.53 ± 1.53 years. The days for menstrual flow were 4.68 ± 1.06, 4.56 ±0.99 and 4.27 ± 0.85for the upper, middle, and low SEC respectively with mean of 4.50 days. There were also significant difference in the body mass index and anovulatory cycles for the three social economic groups. It is concluded that in a depressed economy as found in Nigeria the improvement of social economic status also reduces the age at attainment of menarche and as well influences the pattern of menstrual changes. It therefore suggested that improvement of social conditions and nutrition is important in girls developmentalprocess and sex education need to start early with the view of improving reproductive capability.

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