Title

Cultural beliefs and practices of mothers regarding maternal and childcare of rural communities of Alfonso, Cavite.

Date of Completion

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology

Keywords

Childcare, Maternal and Infant Welfare

Abstract

Correlational research design was utilized in the study. A questionnaire based on the preliminary interview and other references that were subjected to content validation by the professionals was used to collect data. Using purposive sampling technique, 301 mothers residing in 27 rural communities of Alfonso, Cavite were included in the study. The statistical measures utilized were mean, frequency, percentage, standard deviation, t-test for independent means, analysis of variance and Spearman rho. Based on the results, 1) most the respondents are between 32 to 35 years old, Catholic, high school graduate, has a monthly family income of Php 10,001 and below and with one (1) to two (2) children; 2) most of the respondents do not believe on the cultural beliefs regarding maternal and childcare; 3) most of the respondents rarely practiced the different cultural beliefs regarding maternal and childcare; 4) there is a significant difference in the cultural beliefs of the respondents when grouped according to religion. Most of the respondents who greatly believe in cultural beliefs are Catholic. The rest of the profile including age, educational attainment, monthly family income and number of children were not significantly associated to the respondents’ cultural beliefs; 5) there is a significant difference in cultural practices of the respondents when grouped according to religion. Most of the respondents who still practice the cultural beliefs are Catholic. There is no significant difference when grouped according to age, educational attainment, monthly family income and number of children; 6) there is a significant relationship between cultural beliefs and cultural practices of mothers regarding maternal and childcare since most of the cultural beliefs on maternal and child care are indicators of cultural practices of the respondents.

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