Assessment of Practice regarding selected healthy habits among orphans
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It is not the physical pain that endangers orphans the most. It is the mental pain caused by stress from years and years of being neglected, pushed aside, disregarded, unloved, and made to feel undeserving, and in almost all cases, made to feel like a possession rather than an equal human being. Even more it is the lack of unconditional love, the right to be accepted as a child and to be loved as a child, no matter what you do is the most wounding1. There are an estimated 153, 000, 000 orphans worldwide. All orphans are vulnerable and in need of help. Without assistance these orphans continue in the cycle of poverty, HIV/AIDS, trafficking, prostitution and slavery.2 objective: The study was aimed to assess the practice of orphans regarding selected healthy habits like personal hygiene, Healthy eating, Physical exercise, Rest and Sleep. 100 orphans were selected by complete enumeration sampling technique, data gathered by structured observation for the period of one month in Ashrayadham Bagalkot Karnataka. Researcher used structured checklist to collect the data. The results revealed that 20% orphans had poor practice, whereas 36.67% good practice, following this 43.33% orphans had average practice scores and no orphan found in excellent practice category. Conclusion: 20% orphans had poor practice, and no orphan was found in excellent practice category. This necessitates some interventional programme to conduct for these children to improve their practice regarding healthy habits.
Orphans, mental pain, interventional programme.