Assessment of Headache Among High School Students in Jordan

Mohammed ALBashtawy*, Mohammad Al Qadire, Sami Aloush, Loai Tawalbeh, Manar AlAzzam, Mohammad Suliman, Abdul Monim Batiha, Fadwa Alhalaiqa, Hind Alshakh, Areej Abd Al-Rahman

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Headache is considered one of the most common complaints affecting all ages: children, adolescents, and adults. A school-based, cross-sectional study was conducted to assess primary headache among high school students aged 16–18 in Grades 11–12, over a period of 3 weeks (May 2017). A questionnaire was designed, in accordance with the International Headache Society’s criteria. The Pearson’s χ 2 test was computed to show the differences between the variables. Nearly two thirds of the students reported having headache (19.0% tension-type headache, 8.8% migraine, and 39.0% unknown type). Nearly a quarter sought help for headache, and the most frequently used analgesic was acetaminophen (82.2%) followed by aspirin (5.1%). The current study revealed that the prevalence of headache and migraine was initially high and increased with age. Moreover, headache is one of the major public health problems among high school students. An education program conducted by school nurses and other health-care providers regarding headache and migraine is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-95
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of School Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • headache
  • high school
  • medications
  • migraine
  • pain
  • school nursing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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