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Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM) as known as KEP was national seriously problem in this monetary crisis situation. Nutrient very hand in glove its bearing with health of someone, so that the function can work better, amount of Iihat vitamin of nutrient consumed by someone have to as according to requirement of body. The children
represent most age group often suffer effect of lacking of nutrient. The population of this research was mother children who have the children with KEP problem at working Banjarejo Public Health Center area in Madiun amounting to 72 respondent. Sampel used by simple random sampling, with the amount 61 respondents. Its variable research is knowledge of mother about well-balanced nutrient, and level KEP the children. Instrument data collecting by using kuesioner, and use weigh-beam weighing-machine which its result is confirmed with reference value of WHO-NCHS. The data analizing that used was correlation arrange ladder from spearman. From 61 mother of children is got by 2 mother of children ( 3,3%) having knowledge less, 34 mother of children ( 55,7%) having knowledge enough, 25 mother of children ( 41,0%) having knowledge of goodness. While level KEP got 33 children (54,1%) suffering KEP, 28 children ( 45,9%) suffering light KEP. Result of this research is got value probability ( p) = 0,125 > 0,05, correlation value = -0,198. Matter this means do not there are relation knowledge of mother about well-balanced nutrient with level KEP the children in working Banjarejo Public Health Center area in Madiun.
Conclusion from this research is mother knowledge does not of course influence the KEP level at children under five, because KEP at children under five also influenced by social factor, economic, infection, and environmental.
Keyword : knowledge, mother, children, KEP.