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Health and hygiene knowledge, attitudes and behaviour.

A questionnaire was completed by 240 women from 80 households in three areas: a squatter camp, an informal settlement, and a formal township in Gauteng, South Africa. The findings suggest that the higher the knowledge about diarrhoea, the more positive the attitude towards personal and domestic hygiene. Women from the formal township had lower knowledge, attitudes and behaviour scores than women from the squatter camp or informal settlement. These differences may have been due to more health education on diarrhoea in the camp and settlement than the township. The relationships among knowledge, attitude and behaviour suggested that improving knowledge can lead to changes in attitude and behaviour. Health & Place 2000;6:25-32.

Author: Westaway MS, Viljoen E

Published: 01/01/2000

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Health & Place