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Table 3 Menstrual Hygiene Management Variable Coding as Adequate, Semi-Adequate or Inadequate

From: What are the psychometric properties of a menstrual hygiene management scale: a community-based cross-sectional study

IndicatorAdequate MHM (2)Semi adequate MHM (1)Inadequate MHM (0)
Preparation of clean absorbentPreparation of absorbent was coded adequate if the adolescent girls used new cotton cloth every time they changed or a disposable sanitary pad
OR
If the adolescent girls used old cotton cloth, they had to wash their cloth with soap and water or any other disinfectant after using soap and water; dry the cloth in the sunlight outside; and exclusively use the menstrual cloth.
If adolescent girls practiced both adequate and inadequate preparation of absorbent. I.e. used sanitary pad and used old cotton cloth which was not dried in the sunlight.If synthetic cloth was used or if new cotton cloth, disposable sanitary pad was not selected, and old cotton cloth was not practiced adequately.
Storage of clean absorbentStorage of absorbent was coded as adequate if adolescent girls stored the absorbent along with other clothes of daily wear, in a safe clean place, in a bag or in the cupboard.
OR
If the adolescent girls stated they used sanitary pad and new cotton cloth every time they changed, not storing was coded as adequate.
If adolescent girls practiced both adequate and inadequate storage of absorbent. I.e. stored the absorbent with other clothes of daily wear, but also stored it in a hidden or concealed place.If adolescent girls stored the absorbent in a hidden or concealed place.
DisposalDisposal was coded as adequate if the absorbent was burnt, stored and taken to the school incinerator or buried in a pit.If adolescent girls practiced both adequate and inadequate disposal of absorbent. I.e. burnt the absorbent and buried it in the soil in the field.Disposal was inadequate if the absorbent was buried it in the soil in the field, thrown it in the bush, hid under the stone, thrown it in a dustbin/garbage lot, thrown it in a pond or gutter or washed it.