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disorder and its impacts on academic performance of adolescent
female undergraduate students in Nigeria
Akwu, Bala Peter
and Shaibu, Gabriel Ocholi
of Medicine, Kogi State University, Anyigba.
of Sociology, Kogi State University, Anyigba.
BP, Shaibu GO (2016).
Menstrual disorder and its impacts on academic
performance of adolescent female undergraduate students in Nigeria. Prim. Res. Edu.
Menstruation is a natural phenomenon among women. However, it
could pose severe challenge to the adolescent undergraduate
students in the context of health and wellbeing with
implications on their academic performance. Hence, an
investigation into menstrual disorder and its impacts on
academic performance. The paper specifically investigated the
health disorders associated with menstruation as well as the
impacts of menorrhagia and dysmenorrhea on academic performance
of adolescent female undergraduate students. A total number of
421 students of Enugu Campus of the University of Nigeria,
Nsukka were enlisted into the study using purposive sampling
techniques. The data collected through the use of primary and
secondary methods were analysed in percentage distribution and
presented in tables using descriptive and inferential
statistics. Findings of the study revealed that menstruation
among adolescent female undergraduate student is implicated for
severe health disorders arising from menorrhagia and
dysmenorrhea. However, the result of the hypotheses revealed
that menorrhagia and dysmenorrhea have no significant
correlation with academic performance. Recommendations on the
basis of these findings included social support, curriculum
innovation and counseling. The purpose of this paper is to bring
to the fore one of the nagging problems affecting female
education in Nigeria. It is also imbued with the significance of
sensitizing adolescent female undergraduate students as well as
curriculum planners, university authorities and teachers on this
social malady. This paper also has the potential impact for
motivating curriculum innovation to cushion the impacts of
menstrual disorders on academic performance of the vulnerable.
However, one of the potential limitations of this study is the
cultural belief of secrecy attached to menstruation among
Africans which may stifle open discussion on the subject matter.
Key words: Menstruation, Menstrual disorders, Menorrhagia,
Dysmenorrhea, Adolescent Female undergraduate Students, Academic
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