Preventive Behaviors and Mental Distress in Response to H1N1 Among University Students in Guangzhou, China
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AbstractObjective. To investigate the level of and factors involved in influenza virus subtype H1N1 (H1N1)-related preventive behaviors and mental distress among university students in Guangzhou. Participants. Self-administered questionnaires were used to collect data for 825 students from 2 universities. Results. A total of 49.7% of the participants held misconception(s) concerning H1N1 transmission. Less than 30% washed their hands >10 times/d; 72.3% did not reduce the frequency of touching their mouths, noses, and eyes; only 9.3% would wear face masks if they had influenza-like symptoms. However, 45% worried that one/one's family would contract H1N1, 10.7% were panicking/feeling depressed/feeling emotionally disturbed as a result of H1N1, and 14.9% were fearful about the WHO's H1N1 pandemic announcement. Almost all cognitive variables of this study were significantly associated with mental distress caused by fear of H1N1 (odds ratio [OR] = 0.29-3.81), but very few were associated with adoption of preventive measures (OR = 0.65-1.90). Conclusions. Preventive measures are warranted to alleviate distress in the population studied via health education and promotion.
All Author(s) ListGu J, Zhong Y, Hao YT, Zhou DM, Tsui H, Hao C, Gao Q, Ling WH, Lau JTF
Journal nameAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Volume Number27
Issue Number2
PagesNP1867 - NP1879
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsChina; H1N1; health belief model; human swine flu; influenza; mental distress; perceptions; prevention
Web of Science Subject CategoriesPublic, Environmental & Occupational Health

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