Abstract/Details

Perceptions of diseases and health-seeking behavior in Lusaka urban district of Zambia

Kapungwe, Augustus Kasumpa. University of Pennsylvania, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 1993. 9413859.

Abstract (summary)

This study examines the relationship between perceptions of diseases, socio-economic and demographic factors on one hand and health-seeking behavior on the other. Measures of health-seeking behavior used in the study include: (i) immunization status of the mother and her youngest child, (ii) diarrhea treatment and (iii) ever use of oral rehydration therapy. Indicators of perceptions included in the study are those related to disease causation, susceptibility of one's children to diseases, efficacy of traditional disease preventive measures, seriousness of the latest episode of diarrhea and type and time for a child's last vaccination. Socio-economic and demographic attributes examined are: age, parental education, ethnicity, religion, area of upbringing, area of residence as well as selected indicators of socio-economic status. The study determined that most of the variables incorporated in the study are unable to discriminate between respondents at high and low risk of seeking efficacious sources of prevention or treatment of childhood diseases. The results demonstrate that, in spite of subtle differences within and between subgroups, there is an overwhelming preference for modern sources of treatment whether this is vaccination up-take or diarrhea treatment.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Demographics;
Public health
Classification
0938: Demographics
0573: Public health
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; childhood diseases
Title
Perceptions of diseases and health-seeking behavior in Lusaka urban district of Zambia
Author
Kapungwe, Augustus Kasumpa
Number of pages
241
Publication year
1993
Degree date
1993
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 54/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9413859
ProQuest document ID
304072315
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/304072315/abstract