Head lice and the impact of knowledge, attitudes and practices- a social science overview

Parison, Julie, and Canyon, Deon V. (2010) Head lice and the impact of knowledge, attitudes and practices- a social science overview. In: Heukelbach, Jorg, (ed.) Management and Control of Head Lice Infestations. UNI-MED, Bremen, Germany, pp. 103-109.

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[Extract] The social science investigation of head lice infestations is extremely limited. The neglect of this area of research is mainly due to the fact that this organism has not caused mortality or any significant morbidity in developed societies in contemporary history [1]. From a biomedical point of view it is therefore not a high priority health issue but more a nuisance infection. Research on Pediculus capitis focuses overwhelmingly on insect biology, ecology, epidemiology and treatment rather than the sociological impact [2]. Publications for various interest groups create a short list of social science research around this insect for physicians, parents, teachers, school nurses [2].

This chapter presents published and unpublished information from an internet survey conducted by the authors and provides an overview of research on knowledge, attitudes and practices of those who encounter head lice and considers questions yet to be answered.

Item ID: 12008
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-3-8374-1203-1
Keywords: Pediculosis, head lice, attitudes, knowledge, practices
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Chapter 7. Head lice and the impact of knowledge, attitudes and practices- a social science overview

Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2010 03:57
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 100%
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