Level of Information and Precautionary Practices among Dengue Survivors and Non Affected Individuals: A Case Control Study

Author: Shakeela Anwar

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar

Degree: M.Phil


University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research examined the level of information and precautionary practices among dengue survivors and non-affected individuals. It was hypothesized that there is difference in the extent of information and precautionary practices among dengue survivors and non-affected individuals. The sample consisted of 50 dengue survivors and 49 non-affected individuals. The sample was selected from different areas of Lahore through snowball sampling strategy. A self constructed questionnaire was used to assess participant’s level of information regarding symptoms, mode of transmission, treatment and precautionary practices. The results indicated significant differences in dengue survivor and general population in the extent of knowledge about symptoms of dengue fever. However, two groups did not differ in the knowledge of transmission, bite timings of mosquito, treatment and in taking precautionary measures. The findings of the present research revealed positive relationship between level of information and precautionary practices. Negative relationship was found between age of the respondents and knowledge of transmission, mosquito bite timings and treatment. Television was considered as the most important and useful source of information about dengue fever. It can be concluded that survivors of dengue have more knowledge about symptoms compared to their normal counterparts and that younger participants had more knowledge than their elder counterparts. Findings have important implications for follow up of the dengue survivors.

Keywords: dengue survivors, level of information, precautionary practices.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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