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Knowledge Regarding POCSO Act among Upper Primary School Students

Rakhi R Nath, Alphonsa Lizzy Mathew, Aleena Mathew, Arya Sudhan, Helan S Johnson, Hima Elizabeth Mathew, Megha Rejimon, Nayana Elsa Mathew, Simmi Thomas


POCSO Act refers to a special law that was implemented in 2012 by the government of India to protect children from offences like sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography. The objectives of the study was to assess the knowledge regarding POCSO Act among upper primary school students, to find out the association between pre-test knowledge score and selected demographic variables. A pre-experimental one group pre-test and post-test design with quantitative approach and purposive sampling was used to accomplish the objectives. Demographic variables and knowledge was assessed by using baseline Performa and structured knowledge questionnaire respectively. After the assessment of pre-test knowledge, an awareness programme was implemented. On the 5thday after the implementation of the awareness programme, post-test knowledge was assessed. Analysis was performed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Frequency and percentage was used to describe the variables. Wilcoxon signed-rank test was used to identify the effectiveness of awareness programme and showed that it is significant. The study findings revealed that there is an association between the knowledge scores and selected demographic variables by using Chi-square test. This study concluded that the awareness programme on POCSO Act is effective among upper primary school students.

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