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Knowledge of Reproductive Health to Assess Father’s Role in Mijen Sub-District

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Background: The important role of fathers on children’ growth and development process is the same as mother’s role. This research aimed to describe the knowledge of fathers on reproductive health to support the education for early childhood. Method: The study has been done using quantitative method. Data were collected from 100 fathers of children that were chosen by stratified random sampling. Data were analyzed descriptively. Results: Most fathers had high school education level and had lack of knowledge on reproductive health. Results showed that 67% of them did not know about reproductive health definition even though they could differ between health reproductive organ of males (75%) and females (81%). Talking about reproductive health was taboo and embarrassing (88%). They believed that their children would be able to know about reproductive health at the right time and do not need those knowledge at their early age. The information of reproductive health was obtained mostly from television (50%), and only 1% respondents from internet. Conclusion: The knowledge among fathers should be increased by education and socialization to enhance father’s role on supporting reproductive health education at the early childhood.
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Keywords: Early Age; Father’s Role; Reproductive Health

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Health, Dian Nuswantoro University, Semarang, 50271, Indonesia 2: Faculty of Computer Science, Dian Nuswantoro University, Semarang, 50271, Indonesia

Publication date: April 1, 2017

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