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Students’ Knowledge and Attitude on Preventive Behaviour of Zika Disease


  • Mahirah Abdul Rahman

    () (International Islamic University, Malaysia Author-2-Name: Norhani Mohd Jais Author-2-Workplace-Name: International Islamic University, Malaysia Author-3-Name: Saodah Wok Author-3-Workplace-Name: International Islamic University, Malaysia)


"Objective – The purpose of this paper is to identify knowledge and attitude on preventive behaviour of the Zika disease. Using the Social Learning Theory, the present study aims: (1) to evaluate levels of knowledge, attitude and preventive behaviour on Zika disease; (2) to examine the relationship between knowledge and attitude with preventive behaviour; and (3) to determine the best predictor for Zika preventive behaviour. Methodology/Technique – This study employs the quantitative research design using the survey method. Data are collected using the self-administered questionnaire. A total of 207 students from a public university participated in the study. Findings – The levels of knowledge, attitude and preventive behaviour are high. There are positive correlations among knowledge, attitude and preventive behaviour. Attitude is the best predictor for preventive behaviour. With knowledge and positive attitude towards the disease, the preventive behaviours are practiced. Novelty – Very limited studies have been done in Malaysia regarding the Zika disease. This study provides valuable insights of knowledge and attitude that influence prevention behaviour of the disease especially among university students."

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  • Mahirah Abdul Rahman, 2017. "Students’ Knowledge and Attitude on Preventive Behaviour of Zika Disease," GATR Journals jmmr135, Global Academy of Training and Research (GATR) Enterprise.
  • Handle: RePEc:gtr:gatrjs:jmmr135

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    Malaysia; Mosquito-borne Disease; Social Learning Theory; Students; Zika.;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education

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