A study to develop and evaluate a need-based curriculum on addiction for students of madrasahs in a rural block of Hooghly district, West Bengal

Nazrul Mallick, Rabindra Nath Sinha, Indranil Saha, Aparajita Dasgupta, Bobby Pal


Background: Tobacco smoking habit is imbibed at a very early stage of life and once it is taken up it becomes very difficult to give up. In fact the vast majority of tobacco users worldwide begin the use of tobacco during adolescence. Objective of the study was to develop and evaluate a need-based training curriculum on healthy life style in terms of addiction for Madrasah students of rural West Bengal.

Methods: It was a school-based health educational intervention study in rural area of Hooghly district, West Bengal among 189 Madrasahs students.

Results: The mean pre-test knowledge score in study Madrasah was 6.06±2.69 and post test score was 10.83±1.69. The calculated t-value was 24.06 and p value was 0.00 with effect size 2.12 (Cohen’s D). The observed increase in the knowledge of consequences of smoking in the study Madrasah after the health education was statistically significant. There was no significant difference in the knowledge of the control Madrasah on the health consequences associated with cigarette smoking in pre and post-test.

Conclusions: As adolescent period is the ideal period to impart life-style related training it is obvious that vital opportunities are being missed due to lack of need-based training on life-style issues for this important population group. So, a well-designed need-based health educational intervention may play active role in bringing desired knowledge and behavior among the population group.


Adolescent health, Addiction, Non-communicable disease

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