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Relationship between toothbrushing and hand washing according to health education experience in middle school students

Yoo Jahea 1 Nam.y.o 2

1영동대학교
2원광보건대학교

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Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between toothbrushing and hand washing according tohealth education experience in middle school students. Methods: The subjects were 480 students of four middle schools in Y region. This is a cross sectional study and the study instrumentwas adapted from the knowledge, attitude and practice of hand washing and toothbrushing in elementary school students by Jung. Cronbach’s alpha was 0.87 in the study. The questionnaire consisted of 5 questions of the general characteristics of the subjects, 5questions of hand washing knowledge, 3 questions of hand washing behavior, 3 questions of health education experience. Toothbrushing questionnaire consisted of 10 questions of knowledge, 5 questions of behavior, 5 questions of health educationexperience, and 5 questions of dental health care facilities within schools. Data were analyzed by PASW 20.0 program. Results: Toothbrushing more than three times a day accounted for 76.8%. Those who receiving health education in elementaryschool accounted for 41.5% and those who had not accounted for 58.5%. Health education experience(75.8%) led to toothbrushingafter meal(p<0.05). Those who receiving health education in elementary schools had 1.76 times of toothbrushing after meal thanthose who had not(p<0.01). Conclusions: Middle school students receiving health education had a tendency to do toothbrushing and hand washing frequently.

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