Correlation between nutritional status and participation in the growth and development of cognitive ability in children aged 2-5 years in Makassar, Indonesia
Keywords:Nutritional status, cognitive ability, child's growth development
This study aimed to determine the correlation between of nutrition status and participation on child’s growth development services on cognitive abilities of children aged 2-5 years in Makassar. This study design used Cross Sectional Study in Biringkanaya Sub-District of Makassar. 55 children aged 2-5 years were chosen as samples in the study. Data were processed and analyzed by SPSS, using Chi-Square. The results showed that 58.2% of respondents did not follow the complete development of the service; 60% had underweight and 58.9% had low cognitive abilities. There was no significant correlation between participation in the child’s growth development services and nutritional status on the cognitive ability of the respondents (p>0.05). Since there was high nutritional status of underweight children, there should be programs to help improve the nutritional status of children, especially children aged less than 5 years such as counseling and coaching for mother, teacher and officer of Posyandu.