2018, Cilt 5, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 029-038
Constipation Prevalence Among Female Students and its Relationship With Lifestyle Habits
1Munzur Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Hemşirelik Bölümü, Tunceli, Türkiye
2Munzur Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Hemşirelik Bölümü, Tunceli, Türkiye
Keywords: Constipation, lifestyle, student

Aim: To evaluate prevalence of constipation among female students living in a dormitory and its relationship with their lifestyle habits.

Material and Methods: This descriptive study was conducted with 350 female university students. The data were collected using a questionnaire titled Prevalence and Effecting Factors of Constipation and Rome II Diagnostic Criteria. Data of the study were collected with face to face interview technic between 1-5 April, 2015 and analyzed using percentages, means and chi-square significant test.

Results: It was determined that only 18.9% of the students exercise regularly, 17.4% of them smoke cigarette, 59.6% of them do not consume fruit/vegetable regularly, 27.2% of them consume legumes less than once a week and 41.8% of them drink water less than 5 glasses a day. 52.2% of the students reported that they defecated every two or three days while 36.6% of them hold their stool when they are in school. According to the self-assessment of the students, 49.0% of them had constipation, however, as to the Rome II Diagnostic Criteria, 37.4% of them had constipation.

Conclusion: It was found that more than 1/3 of the students have constipation problem and were associated with some lifestyle habits of the students.