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Quality of time mothers spend with their pre-school children and associated factors in Wennappuwa MOH area

Show simple item record Fernando, I.D. Fernando, K.K.M. Fernando, M.H. Fernando, M.R.S. Fernando, M.Y.D. Wangmo, T. Perera, K.M.N. Wickremasinghe, A.R. 2015-12-07T09:46:54Z 2015-12-07T09:46:54Z 2015
dc.identifier.citation Proceedings of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, Anniversary Academic Sessions. 2015; 60(sup 1): 157 en_US
dc.description Oral Presentation Abstract (OP73), 128th Annual Scientific Sessions, Sri Lanka Medical Association, 6th-8th July 2015 Colombo, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.description.abstract INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Mothers or responsive adults spending quality time with children improve children's developmental potential. The aim of this study was to determine the quality of time mothers in Wennapuwa MOH area spend with pre-schoolers and associated factors. METHOD: A cross-sectional analytic study was conducted among397 mothers of pre-schoolers attending five preschools selected randomly from the Wennappuwa MOH area. A high-quality child care time was defined as time spent in development or achievement oriented activities. Ten criteria appropriate to the Sri Lankan context were identified to assess quality time. The time mothers spend with their children and associated factors were assessed using an activity chart and a self-administered questionnaire. Data were analysed using SPSS. RESULTS: All mothers were Sinhalese. The majority (n=339; 91.6%) had secondary education or higher; 22% (n=81) were employed. Forty five percent (n=166) had extended family support. Sixty five percent (n=243) of mothers spent quality time with children based on our definition. Spending quality time was significantly associated with spending 6 hours or more per day with the child (p=0.003), having a good knowledge about quality time (p=0,001), fathers' age more than 31 years (p=0.011), and fathers' salary higher than LKR 10,000 (p=0.02). There was no association with mothers' age (p=0.819), educational level (p=0.051), number of children (p=0.226) and extended family support (p=0.16). CONCLUSION: In Wennappuwa MOH area, most mothers spend quality time with their preschool aged children. Improving mothers' knowledge on quality time will help to improve the situation. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Sri lanka Medical Association en_US
dc.subject Quality of time en_US
dc.title Quality of time mothers spend with their pre-school children and associated factors in Wennappuwa MOH area en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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