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    Tropical illness profiles: the psychology of illness perception in Malawi

    MacLachlan, Malcolm and Namangale, JJ (1997) Tropical illness profiles: the psychology of illness perception in Malawi. Public Health. ISSN 0033-3506

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    Psychological and social investigations of tropical diseases can make a significant contribution to understanding and managing many illnesses. One-hundred and seventy-five Malawian university students rated peopled who suffered from AIDS, malaria, schistosomiasis and the ‘common cold’, on 11 psycho-social dimensions related to illness. Analysis of variance and factor analysis was used to distinguish distinctive illness profiles reflecting perceptions of (people with) these illnesses. Results suggested that infirmity was associated with AIDS and that the seriousness of malaria was minimized. Within a context of many threats to health the importance of distinguishing between serious illnesses is emphasized for effective health promotion interventions.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: illness perception; malaria; HIV/AIDS; schistosomiasis; common cold; Malawi;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 16575
    Depositing User: Malcolm MacLachlan
    Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2022 15:00
    Journal or Publication Title: Public Health
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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