Effect of Child Growth and Development Training on the Knowledge and Attitude among Community Health Workers in Semarang, Central Java

Diah Rahayu Wulandari, Dea Amarilisa Adespin, Arwinda-Nugraheni, Ani Margawati, Hari Peni Julianti, Teddy Wahyu Nugroho


Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Diponegoro



Background: Measuring and monitoring a child’s growth is important to judge the adequacy of diets or supplementary food being given. Monitoring child’s deve­­­lopment is critical to find out if a child’s development is on track. It is important to act early if there are signs of potential development delay because early treat­­ment is so important for improving a child’s skills and abilities. This study aimed to determine effect of child growth and development training on the know­ledge and attitude among community health workers in Semarang, Central Java.

Subjects and Method: This study was a quasi-experimental with pretest and posttest with no control design conducted at Rowosari Puskesmas (community health center), Semarang, Central Java. The study subjects involved 62 commu­nity health workers (CHWs). The dependent variables were knowledge and atti­tude about child growth and development. The independent variable was trai­ning on how to measure and monitor child growth and development. The data were col­lected by questionnaire, and analyzed by Wilcoxon test.

Results:Knowledge was higher after training (Mean= 77; SD= 9.8) than before (Mean= 68; SD= 11.2), and it was statistically significant (p= 0.001). Attitude was hig­her after training (Mean= 80; SD= 12.8) than before (Mean= 70; SD= 10.1), and it was statistically significant (p= 0.001).

Conclusion: Training is effective in improving knowledge and attitude about child growth and development monitoring among CHWs.

Keywords: knowledge, attitude, growth,development, monitoring, children, com­munity health workers.

Correspondence: Diah Rahayu Wulandari. Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Diponegoro, Jl. Prof. H. Soedarto, SH., Tembalang, Semarang, Central Java. Email: wulwul2001@gmail.com. Mobile: 08995583551

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2018.03.60

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