Abitha Jacob, Anila Pius, Anita Dsouza, CeemaDsouza, Chandrasekhar NG
Background: Developmental disabilities are severe, chronic mental or physical impairments that occur at an early stage are likely to continue indefinitely and have pervasive effects on individual functional abilities. Material and methods: An evaluative research approach, pre experimental one group pre-test and post-test design was used for the study. 30 student nurses were selected by purposive sampling technique from Athena College of nursing, mangalore. Significant difference between pre-test and post-test knowledge scores were analyzed by using paired t-test Results: The results of the study shows that the pre-test knowledge score regarding selected developmental disabilities in children with the mean pre-test of 8.47 whereas post-test score with a mean of 16.8. The mean difference between the pre-test and post-test knowledge score was found to be significant (t29=21.49) at 0.05 level of significance. Conclusion: The study indicated that the planned teaching programme was highly effective in improving the knowledge of students on selected developmental disabilities in children.
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