Original Article

IJMDC. 2022; 6(12): 1511-1518

Parent’s awareness and knowledge about school backpack and related musculoskeletal disorders in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study

Authors: Omar Abdullah Alrasheed, Abbas Hadi Alsuwayj, Sarah Abdulla Bukhamsin, Mohammed Ali Alshayeb, Fatmah Abdulghani Alaskar, Rawan Ali Alhajji.

ABSTRACT

Background: Recent studies found that a wrong backpack may cause fatigue and back pain and affect the spine’s normal appearance and curvature due to mal-growth disorders. The aim of this study was to assess parents’ awareness and knowledge regarding backpacks and related musculoskeletal disorders in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted targeting all schoolchild caregivers Al-Ahsa city from April 2022 to July 2022. Data were collected using an online study questionnaire that the study researchers developed through an intensive literature review and expert consultation. The researchers and their relatives uploaded the study questionnaire online through social media platforms until no more new responses were added. Results: A total of 423 parents of children were included. Among them, 253 (59.8%) were mothers. Exact 404 (95.5%) were married, and 125 (29.6%) fathers had a university level of education, while 249 (58.9%) had a secondary level of education or less. As for father work, 180 (42.6%) had governmental jobs. A total of 174 (41.1%) mothers had a university-level education. About 95.5% of the parents reported that they chose for their children a backpack with two shoulder straps instead of one; 94.3% know that the size of the backpack should be suitable for the child, and 91.3% said that backpack should be light-weighted. Generally, 44.4% of the parents were educated about the school bag, mainly through social media (49.8%). Conclusion: The study showed that most school children’s parents were knowledgeable regarding school backpacks, especially mothers. Good awareness included backpack prosperities, proper weight, carrying methods, and associated musculoskeletal disorders.

Keywords:
Backpack, school bag, parents, awareness, knowledge, practice, Saudi Arabia.


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Parent’s awareness and knowledge about school backpack and related musculoskeletal disorders in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study


Authors
Omar Abdullah Alrasheed
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Abbas Hadi Alsuwayj
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Sarah Abdulla Bukhamsin
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Mohammed Ali Alshayeb
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Fatmah Abdulghani Alaskar
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Rawan Ali Alhajji
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alahsa, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alahsa, Saudi Arabia.; Abbasalsuwayj@outlook.com

Publication history
Received 19 Oct 2022
Accepted 29 Oct 2022
Published online 10 Nov 2022
Published in print 26 Nov 2022

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Alrasheed OA, Alsuwayj AH, Bukhamsin SA, Alshayeb MA, Alaskar FA, Alhajji RA. Parent’s awareness and knowledge about school backpack and related musculoskeletal disorders in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. 2022; 6(12): 1511-1518. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1666111757


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Alrasheed OA, Alsuwayj AH, Bukhamsin SA, Alshayeb MA, Alaskar FA, Alhajji RA. Parent’s awareness and knowledge about school backpack and related musculoskeletal disorders in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=122389 [Access: January 29, 2023]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1666111757


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Alrasheed OA, Alsuwayj AH, Bukhamsin SA, Alshayeb MA, Alaskar FA, Alhajji RA. Parent’s awareness and knowledge about school backpack and related musculoskeletal disorders in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. 2022; 6(12): 1511-1518. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1666111757


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Alrasheed OA, Alsuwayj AH, Bukhamsin SA, Alshayeb MA, Alaskar FA, Alhajji RA. Parent’s awareness and knowledge about school backpack and related musculoskeletal disorders in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. (2022), [cited January 29, 2023]; 6(12): 1511-1518. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1666111757


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Alrasheed, O. A., Alsuwayj, . A. H., Bukhamsin, . S. A., Alshayeb, . M. A., Alaskar, . F. A. & Alhajji, . R. A. (2022) Parent’s awareness and knowledge about school backpack and related musculoskeletal disorders in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC, 6 (12), 1511-1518. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1666111757


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Alrasheed, Omar Abdullah, Abbas Hadi Alsuwayj, Sarah Abdulla Bukhamsin, Mohammed Ali Alshayeb, Fatmah Abdulghani Alaskar, and Rawan Ali Alhajji. 2022. Parent’s awareness and knowledge about school backpack and related musculoskeletal disorders in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (12), 1511-1518. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1666111757


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Alrasheed, Omar Abdullah, Abbas Hadi Alsuwayj, Sarah Abdulla Bukhamsin, Mohammed Ali Alshayeb, Fatmah Abdulghani Alaskar, and Rawan Ali Alhajji. "Parent’s awareness and knowledge about school backpack and related musculoskeletal disorders in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6 (2022), 1511-1518. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1666111757


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alrasheed, Omar Abdullah, Abbas Hadi Alsuwayj, Sarah Abdulla Bukhamsin, Mohammed Ali Alshayeb, Fatmah Abdulghani Alaskar, and Rawan Ali Alhajji. "Parent’s awareness and knowledge about school backpack and related musculoskeletal disorders in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6.12 (2022), 1511-1518. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1666111757


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Alrasheed, O. A., Alsuwayj, . A. H., Bukhamsin, . S. A., Alshayeb, . M. A., Alaskar, . F. A. & Alhajji, . R. A. (2022) Parent’s awareness and knowledge about school backpack and related musculoskeletal disorders in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (12), 1511-1518. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1666111757


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