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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2012/s06.v2006

IMPACT OF OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS PROGRAM ON THE KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, AND BEHAVIORS OF CHILDREN IN GAZA, PALESTINE

A. OMRAN, A. SARSOUR, Y. ABED, A. HAMID KADIR PAKIR
Wednesday 1 August 2012 by Libadmin2012

References: 12th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference, www.sgem.org, SGEM2012 Conference Proceedings/ ISSN 1314-2704, June 17-23, 2012, Vol. 2, 577 - 584 pp

ABSTRACT

This study aims to evaluate the environmental health awareness program effects on
children’s knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors toward their environment in Gaza city.
Quantitative and qualitative approaches were used. Additionally, a self-reported
questionnaire was also applied to collect data for the assessment of the effectiveness of
a short-term environmental health awareness program implemented for the 4th, 5th, and
6th grades of a children’s primary school in an after-school setting in Gaza City. This
questionnaire attempts to link specific knowledge and attitudes towards different
environmental health issues to the behavior and practices of children. It also determines
if the increase in knowledge is related to changes in attitudes and behaviors about the
environmental health since the program’s inception among the children who
participated in the environmental health awareness program. Pre and post-tests were
designed to determine the changes in the levels of environmental health knowledge,
attitudes, and behaviors of school children who participated in this program. Results
indicate positive shifts in knowledge and change in environmental attitude and behavior.
The level of knowledge about environmental health before attending the awareness
program (pre test) was (71.3%), and it became (79.2%) after attending the program
(post test).

Keywords: Outdoor environment, health awareness, effect, children, Gaza city,
Palestine