The aims of this study are as follows: (1) To assess
the knowledge regarding malnutrition among mothers
of under-five children. (2) To assess the effectiveness of
VATM on knowledge regarding malnutrition among
the mothers of under-five children and (3) To find out
the association between the knowledge with their
selected socio-demographical variables.
Study approach- This was a quasi-experimental
survey and follow the study design as pre-experimental
one group pre-test, post-test without control group. The
population involved in this study was mothers of underfive children in Bagalkot. Samples are mothers of
under-five children residing in Navanagar. Sample size
is 100 (Total) mothers of under-five children were
included in the study. Further, data were collected by
structured closed ended knowledge questionnaire.
After collection, the data are organized and
analyzed with the help of mean median and percentage,
and the socio-demographic characteristics of mothers of
under-five children were as follows: 46% of mothers of
under-five children are in the age group of 20-25 years,
35% of mothers belongs to primary education, 59% of
mothers are house wife, 38% of mothers are having
15,001-20,000rs, 93% of mothers are Muslims, 71% of
mothers are from nuclear family, and 39% of mothers
are having 2 children. Percentage wise distribution of
mothers according to their knowledge shows that 46%
of mothers had good knowledge followed by 36%
mothers had average knowledge, 16% had poor
knowledge and only 2% mothers had very poor
knowledge. After VATM (post test) 86% mothers are
having very good knowledge followed by 14% mothers
had good knowledge and no mothers of under-five
children with average, poor and very poor knowledge.
After thorough analysis of the data, researcher
concluded that only 46% mothers of under-five children
are with good knowledge related to malnutrition. A
mother with good knowledge can have healthy children.
Hence more study can be conducted by using different
method of teaching to achieve optimal knowledge
related to malnutrition.
Keywords : Mothers of under-five children, Knowledge, VATM, Effectiveness and socio-demographic variables.