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Age of menarche among basic level school girls in Medina, Accra.
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PMID:  22574497     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
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The current study was designed to determine the age at which menarche occurs among school girls in Madina, Accra. A survey was conducted among 529 girls selected using multi-stage sampling from basic schools in Madina, Accra. Respondents completed a questionnaire that recorded age-at-first menstruation by recall, household characteristics, and anthropometry. Mean age at menarche was 12.74 +/- 1.15 years; probit analysis yielded a median age of 12.09 years. Menarcheal age was significantly correlated with current age (r = 0.48; p < 0.01). Most girls (90%) had first menstruation before age 13. Their mothers' mean age at menarche was 13.6 +/- 1.08 years. In a multivariate linear regression model, household wealth (p < 0.01) and body mass index (p < 0.01) were the main modifiable independent predictors of age at onset of menarche. School girls in Madina attained menarche earlier than previously estimated. Our study suggests an influence of household level improvement in socio-economic status on menarcheal age.
Authors:
Richmond Aryeetey; Anthony Ashinyo; Martin Adjuik
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  African journal of reproductive health     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1118-4841     ISO Abbreviation:  Afr J Reprod Health     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712263     Medline TA:  Afr J Reprod Health     Country:  Nigeria    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  103-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
University of Ghana School of Public Health, Accra, Ghana. rnokai@gmail.com
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