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pasha A, hasan tehrani T, chehrzad M M, atrkar roushan Z. Relationship between maternal health behavior and physical growth pattern of ‎children under one year referred to health departments of Rasht city. J Holist Nurs Midwifery. 2005; 15 (1) :32-38
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Relationship between maternal health behavior and physical growth pattern of children under one year referred to health departments of Rasht city

By: Hassan Tehrani.TMSN, Pasha.A.MSN, Chehrzad.M.MSN ,Atrkar Roshan.Z.MS in statistics


Introduction: Physical growth in infants is the most important health indicator. In fact many factors influence infants’ physical growth. Because of complete dependence of infants to their mothers and role of mother care and health behavior is important for health promotion.

Objective: This research is a correlational descriptive study done with the aim of determining relationship between maternal health behaviors with physical growth pattern in children under one year.

Methods: Data collection tool was a questionnaire including two sections: the first part included demographic characteristics of mother and child, and second part included three sections for measurement of health behavior about nutrition, sleep and preventing disease in child under one year. Information related health behavior was completed with reading questionnaire and measurement of physical growth was Recorded from file. 362 mother and their children under one year were selected randomly.                                                                                                                                       

Result: Research finding about physical growth of child less than one year showed that most of them (57.5%) had unfavorable physical growth. Also the results about health preventing indicated most of (57.7%) sample had suitable health behavior and about sleep most of (88.7%) them have unsuitable health behaviors. Result showed that there was significant correlation between mother’s health behavior in all three domains and child physical growth according to mother and child’s demographic characteristics (p<0/001).

Conclusion:  Results showed that most of the mothers of childern had suitable health behavior about children’s nutrition (69.2%) sleep (19.3%), and prevention of disease (86.5%).And also children had favorable physical growth and there was a significant correlation between maternal health behavior and child physical growth pattern (p<0.001).

Key word s: Child Development, Health Behavior, Mothers

Article Type : Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2014/08/9 | Accepted: 2014/08/9 | Published: 2014/08/9

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