THE EFFECTS OF GERONTOLOGY INTERVENTION PROGRAMME ON KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN ANAMBRA STATE NIGERIA
The way people especially the young ones understand ageing is often heavily influenced by films and television programmes where it is often scarier than the reality. To try and address this issue and get the young ones ready, this study was concluded to determine the effect of gerontology intervention programme on knowledge and attitude of secondary school students in Anambra State.
The study was delimited to Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State. Quasi-experimental pre-test, post-test control group design was used on 282 junior and senior secondary school students selected from four secondary schools which included two private schools and two public schools and they were divided into control and experimental groups. Research tool was a researcher-developed instrument which was divided into three parts. Data were analyzed using SPSS. Mean was used to answer the research questions; analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) was used to answer the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance.
The results of the study showed that there was an increase in the mean knowledge and attitude scores of secondary school students after the gerontology intervention programme.
Based on the findings, conclusions were drawn and recommendations among others were made: there is a great need to expose students to the issue of ageing and health education on ageing process should also be taught in schools early enough.
(KEYWORDS: EFFECTS, GERONTOLOGY, KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE)
The following recommendations were made based on the findings and
conclusions of the study:
There is a great need to expose students to the issue of ageing because it
will help to alleviate the fear of getting old in them.
Issues related to ageing should be discussed with children so that they
could be of help to the older one not seeing it as punishment but as a stage in life.
Gerontology should be taught both formally and informally to children.
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