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Table 5 Practices of mothers related to child neglect (according to mothers and children)

From: Effectiveness of a health promotion intervention to address determinants of child neglect in a disadvantaged community in Sri Lanka

Practices Experimental (n = 42) Control
(n = 43)
p value for the ‘difference in the scores’ between experimental and control groups**
Pre
Mean (SD)
Post
Mean
(SD)
Pre
Mean (SD)
Post
Mean
(SD)
Practices related to child neglect (according to mothers)
Safety of children 13.17
(20.84)
28.73
(20.05)
11.47
(18.47)
13.95
(17.68)
p < 0.001
p < 0.001* p = 0.073*
Education of children 5.15
(11.33)
16.46
(21.58)
12.01
(19.44)
12.79
(12.38)
p = 0.005
p = 0.001* p = 0.708*
Hygiene of children 8.73
(19.560)
13.88
(19.44)
14.34
(22.29)
15.89
(20.87)
p = 0.246
p = 0.062* p = 0.323*
Nutrition of children 8.73
(14.21)
33.86
(25.84)
11.88
(18.84)
13.69
(17.45)
p < 0.001
p < 0.001* p = 0.128*
Relationships with the child 7.93
(13.76)
28.17
(19.38)
10.85
(15.27)
12.59
(11.69)
p < 0.001
p < 0.001* p = 0.254*
Social support for child caring 8.39
(16.985)
26.53
(16.86)
7.19
(13.20)
8.41
(9.51)
p < 0.001
p < 0.001* p = 0.398*
Practices related to child neglect (according to children)
Safety of children 10.79
(18.62)
30.63
(21.340)
9.61
(17.59)
11.47
(15.349)
p < 0.001
p < 0.001* p = 0.462*
Education of children 5.35
(12.72)
15.87
(20.31)
9.88
(19.60)
11.62
(16.77)
p = 0.030
p = 0.001* p = 0.523*
Hygiene of children 6.34
(14.702)
10.31
(16.02)
9.30
(19.34)
10.46
(15.00)
p = 0.449
p = 0.077* p = 0.696*
Nutrition of children 7.67
(16.55)
34.12
(24.71)
10.07
(18.75)
10.85
(13.38)
p < 0.001
p < 0.001* p = 0.778*
Relationships with the child 5.55
(12.02)
28.96
(17.28)
9.30
(16.98)
10.27
(10.88)
p < 0.001
p < 0.001* p = 0.628*
Social support for child caring 7.70
(16.49)
26.75
(16.15)
7.08
(14.56)
8.41
(9.457)
p < 0.001
p < 0.001* p = 0.477*
  1. *Paired t-test; **Independent sample t-test (df = 83), equal variances not assumed