The health belief model and dengue fever preventative behaviours: a pilot programme

Thompson, F., and Caltabiano, M.L. (2009) The health belief model and dengue fever preventative behaviours: a pilot programme. International Journal of Health Promotion & Education, 48 (1). pp. 9-19.

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Abstract

Contemporary management of dengue fever relies on community members controlling the host mosquito's breeding and protecting themselves from direct mosquito contact. Research indicates that obtaining this vital community participation component can be difficult. The current study used the Health Belief Model as a framework to identify beliefs statistically predictive of engagement in two distinct behaviours; mosquito control and self protection. The knowledge, beliefs and behaviours of 122 James Cook University students were surveyed. Results indicated that the Health Belief Model was effective at predicting mosquito control behaviours but less effective at predicting self protective behaviours. Dengue fever awareness campaigns that target peoples' beliefs may be most effective at eliciting mosquito control behaviours.

Item ID: 8973
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1463-5240
Keywords: dengue fever; health belief model; preventative behaviours
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Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 22:27
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 100%
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