Original Article

IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 229-236

Knowledge, attitude, and practices of parents of children with febrile convulsion in Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Ali AlZweihary, Renad Sulaiman Alkhalifah, Riman Mohammed Alrayes, Asma Saud Alshutily, Ghaida Abdullah Alotaibi.

ABSTRACT

Background: Febrile convulsion (FC) is a condition that can emotionally traumatize parents, especially if there is a shortage of information on how to deal with it. This study was conducted to determine parents' knowledge, attitude, and practices toward their children with FC. Methodology: This is an observational cross-sectional study conducted in public areas in the Al Qassim region between February and May 2020. A self-administered questionnaire translated from English into Arabic was distributed among parents. The questionnaire was divided into four sections. The first gathered basic demographic data, and the three remaining sections were questions to measure knowledge, assess attitude, and determine the respondents' practices concerning FC. All statistical analyses were carried out using Statistical Package for Social Sciences Version 21. Results: The total mean knowledge score was 3.86 (SD 1.63) out of nine points. Of the parents, 67.8% had poor and 32.2% good knowledge of FC. The total mean attitude score was 2.24 (SD 1.19) out of five points, where negative and positive attitudes were identified for 57% and 43% of the parents, respectively. For practice, the mean score was 3.89 (SD 1.44) out of six points, with poor and good practice accounting for 41.6% and 58.4% of parents, respectively. Statistical tests showed the knowledge score was significantly influenced by the number of children in the family (t = −2.305; p = 0.022) and the fathers educational level (t = −3.105; p = 0.002). Conclusion: Although FC's knowledge and attitude of parents of children with FC were suboptimal, their practices were found to be moderate. Having more than three children and an educated father significantly influenced the parents' knowledge of FC.

Keywords:
Febrile convulsion, knowledge, attitude, practice parents, children


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Knowledge, attitude, and practices of parents of children with febrile convulsion in Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia


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Ali AlZweihary
Unaizah College of Medicine, Qassim University, Qassim, Saudi Arabia
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Renad Sulaiman Alkhalifah
Unaizah College of Medicine, Qassim University, Qassim, Saudi Arabia
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Riman Mohammed Alrayes
Unaizah College of Medicine, Qassim University, Qassim, Saudi Arabia
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Asma Saud Alshutily
Unaizah College of Medicine, Qassim University, Qassim, Saudi Arabia
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Ghaida Abdullah Alotaibi
Unaizah College of Medicine, Qassim University, Qassim, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Ali AlZweihary, Unaizah College of Medicine, Qassim University, Qassim, Saudi Arabia.; alimmzz300@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 01 Dec 2020
Accepted 19 Dec 2020
Published online 29 Dec 2020
Published in print 11 Jan 2021

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AlZweihary A, Alkhalifah RS, Alrayes RM, Alshutily AS, Alotaibi GA. Knowledge, attitude, and practices of parents of children with febrile convulsion in Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 229-236. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606835419


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AlZweihary A, Alkhalifah RS, Alrayes RM, Alshutily AS, Alotaibi GA. Knowledge, attitude, and practices of parents of children with febrile convulsion in Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=17435 [Access: March 07, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606835419


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AlZweihary A, Alkhalifah RS, Alrayes RM, Alshutily AS, Alotaibi GA. Knowledge, attitude, and practices of parents of children with febrile convulsion in Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 229-236. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606835419


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AlZweihary A, Alkhalifah RS, Alrayes RM, Alshutily AS, Alotaibi GA. Knowledge, attitude, and practices of parents of children with febrile convulsion in Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2021), [cited March 07, 2021]; 5(1): 229-236. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606835419


Harvard Style

AlZweihary, A., Alkhalifah, . R. S., Alrayes, . R. M., Alshutily, . A. S. & Alotaibi, . G. A. (2021) Knowledge, attitude, and practices of parents of children with febrile convulsion in Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 5 (1), 229-236. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606835419


Turabian Style

AlZweihary, Ali, Renad Sulaiman Alkhalifah, Riman Mohammed Alrayes, Asma Saud Alshutily, and Ghaida Abdullah Alotaibi. 2021. Knowledge, attitude, and practices of parents of children with febrile convulsion in Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (1), 229-236. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606835419


Chicago Style

AlZweihary, Ali, Renad Sulaiman Alkhalifah, Riman Mohammed Alrayes, Asma Saud Alshutily, and Ghaida Abdullah Alotaibi. "Knowledge, attitude, and practices of parents of children with febrile convulsion in Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 229-236. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606835419


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

AlZweihary, Ali, Renad Sulaiman Alkhalifah, Riman Mohammed Alrayes, Asma Saud Alshutily, and Ghaida Abdullah Alotaibi. "Knowledge, attitude, and practices of parents of children with febrile convulsion in Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.1 (2021), 229-236. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606835419


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AlZweihary, A., Alkhalifah, . R. S., Alrayes, . R. M., Alshutily, . A. S. & Alotaibi, . G. A. (2021) Knowledge, attitude, and practices of parents of children with febrile convulsion in Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (1), 229-236. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606835419


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