The aim of this study was to find the mean age at menarche in two different tribal groups namely Kanjarbhat and Lamani. This study was to assess the level of knowledge regarding rituals, taboos, food pattern, social restrictions, health problems and nutrition observed during the menstrual period. The sample for the research comprised of 310 Kanjarbhat girls and 310 Lamani girls in the age groups of 11 to 18 years from Dharwad and Bijapur Districts of Karnataka State. The results reveal that the mean age at menarche among the Kanjarbhat girl’s is13.0516 and Lamani girl’s is 13.129 and total is 13.0903.
Key words: Menarche, girls, physical growth, taboos, nutrition, Lamani and Kanjarbhat.
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