ERIC Number: EJ1047470
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
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Using Behavior Change to Reduce Child Lead Exposure in Resource-Poor Settings: A Formative Study
Feit, M. N.; Mathee, A.; Harpham, T.; Barnes, B. R.
Health Education Research, v29 n6 p933-940 Dec 2014
The objective of this formative research was to explore the acceptability and feasibility of changing housekeeping behaviors as a low-cost approach that may reduce childhood lead exposure in Johannesburg, South Africa. Using the Trials of Improved Practices (TIPs) methodology, modified housekeeping behaviors were negotiated with participants who chose the behaviors they wanted to try and then performed them in their homes over 4 weeks. Researchers interviewed them at the end of the month to understand their experience of trying out the behaviors. The modified behaviors offered to each participant were as follows: cleaning window sills with detergent and water, cleaning window sills more frequently, mopping floors with two buckets (one with soapy water for washing and one with clean water for rinsing), mopping floors more frequently, dusting surfaces with detergent and water and dusting surfaces more frequently. Participants found cleaning window sills with soap and water and cleaning them more often the most acceptable and feasible of behavior modifications. Environmental samples showed a significant reduction in lead dust on window sills. These findings can assist in the development of acceptable and feasible medium-term interventions to reduce childhood lead exposure in resource-poor settings until more robust health policies are implemented.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Behavior Change, Hazardous Materials, Environmental Influences, Housework, Physical Environment, Sanitation, Child Health, At Risk Persons, Public Health, Homemakers, Formative Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa (Johannesburg)