Qualitative study: A history of stunting in the massenrempulu community of Enrekang district

Agustian Ipa, R. Bambang Wirjatmadi, Shrimarti Rukmini Devy, Rudy Hartono

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Focus Group Discussion (FGD) method. FGDs were performed with primary children caregivers aged 0 to 24 months. Each of three FGD had 4 participants. FGD were conducted using structured interview guides and recorded tapes. Recorded data were transcribed and analyzed using qualitative thematic analysis techniques. Results: All participants are women, majority as housewives who sometimes help farm husbands and have at least one child in the age group 0-24 months in their home. The findings suggest that short body conditions or stunting are not considered a problem by the local community. The concept of the body that is considered important is capable of activity with normal and productive. People also feel resigned if their child’s body stunting because according to them it is a gift from the Creator and should be grateful. Conclusion: The unique cultural element of each ethnic in itself has a value that affects the life of the local community. This is a local context that is often overlooked in the formulation of a policy that is often applied generically same for the whole of Indonesia. Different viewpoints between the government and Massenrempulu community could be a strong factor causing trend of stunting case to be increase every year.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-643
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • Children caregivers
  • Massenrempulu community
  • Stunting


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