Knowledge and Stunting Prevention Behavior in Mother Who Had Children Aged 7 To 23 Months


Anggraini Ambarsari

Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sebelas Maret


Background: There is a strong scientific case that intervention strategies designed to improve child nutrition should be implemented during the first 1,000 days of life. Many of those suggested interventions require some level of behavior change by the maternal caregiver and other household members. Whether that means going to the health center for supplementation (e.g., vitamin A, iron, zinc, multiple micronutri­ents) or adhering to health promotions and education (e.g., exclusively breastfeeding from 0 to 5 months, complementary feeding from 6 to 23 months, hygiene promo­tion). This study aimed to investigate maternal knowledge and stunting prevention behavior in mother who had children aged 7 to 23 months.

Subjects and Method: A cross sectional study was conducted at Sentolo 2 health center, Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta, in February 2019. A sample of 40 mothers with children aged 7 to 23 months was selected by total sampling. The dependent vari­able was stunting prevention behavior. The independent variable  was knowledge. The data were collected by questionnaire and analyzed by a simple linier regression.

Results: High knowledge improved stunting prevention behavior in children aged 7 to 23  months (b= 0.27; p<0.001).

Conclusion: High knowledge improves stunting prevention behavior in children aged 7 to 23  months.

Keywords: knowledge, prevention behavior, stunting

Correspondence: Anggraini Ambarsari. Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sebelas Maret. Jl. Ir. Sutami 36A, Surakarta 57126, Central Java. Email: aanggraini.ambarsari29­@gmail.­com. Mobile: 085600184363.


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