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Black South African children's understanding of health and illness: colds, chicken pox, broken arms and AIDS

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dc.date.accessioned 2004-04-29 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-20T11:14:26Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-20T11:14:26Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/7954
dc.description.abstract This study examines the understanding of both health and illnesses (colds, broken arms, chicken pox, AIDS) in the same black South African children. Differences across age in children's expressed understanding of health and illnesses were found. The 9-year-olds were more likely to give objective signs of chicken pox and AIDS than the 5-year-olds. They also knew more about objective symptoms of colds, chicken pox and AIDS, and were more likely to mention non-observable signs of colds and broken arms. Although there were no differences between the two age groups regarding "knowing" strategies for avoiding illnesses, the older children had a more accurate knowledge about preventive measures that the younger children. The understanding of AIDS followed the same developmental sequence reported for children's understanding of general physical illness. The results have implications for the creation of developmentally appropriate and effective health and AIDS education curricula for primary and elementary grades. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject CHILDHOOD ILLNESSES en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.subject CHILDREN en
dc.subject HEALTH en
dc.title Black South African children's understanding of health and illness: colds, chicken pox, broken arms and AIDS en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.Volume 29 (5) en
dc.BudgetYear 2003/04 en
dc.ResearchGroup Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health en
dc.SourceTitle Child: Care, Health & Development en
dc.ArchiveNumber 2676 en
dc.PageNumber 385-393 en
dc.outputnumber 1162 en
dc.bibliographictitle Peltzer, K. & Promtussananon, S. (2003) Black South African children's understanding of health and illness: colds, chicken pox, broken arms and AIDS. <i>Child: Care, Health & Development</i>. 29 (5):385-393. en
dc.publicationyear 2003 en
dc.contributor.author1 Peltzer, K. en
dc.contributor.author2 Promtussananon, S. en


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