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Title: Factors influencing preventive behaviors for dengue infection among housewives in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Authors: Charnchudhi Chanyasanha
Geethika Rathnawardana Guruge
Dusit Sujirarat
Mahidol University
Colombo Municipal Council
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2015
Citation: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. Vol.27, No.1 (2015), 96-104
Abstract: © 2014 APJPH. Dengue is an infectious disease prevalent in Sri Lanka. Some factors may influence preventive behaviors. This cross-sectional study aimed to determine the knowledge, attitude, and preventive behaviors associated with dengue and analyzed the factors influencing preventive behaviors among housewives in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The analytical study was designed, and data were collected using a structured questionnaire. The π2 test and binary logistic regression were used to analyze data. The mean age of housewives was 39.41 years, 91% were married, 52% were Buddhist, and 46.5% had a family monthly income of 15 000 to 25 000 rupees. The knowledge of dengue preventive behaviors was 69.2%. The majority (91.5%) had a positive attitude toward dengue prevention. Only 39.3% used a mosquito net, and 89.3% had water storage container covers. Overall, 58.5% were knowledgeable about preventive measures. Age, religion, family income, education, knowledge, and attitude were associated with preventive behaviors. These findings are useful for dengue control in Colombo.
ISSN: 10105395
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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