Learning to Live with Ticks? The Role of Exposure and Risk Perceptions in Protective Behaviour Against Tick-Borne Diseases

SND-ID: SND 1049

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Daniel Slunge - University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics

Description

The purpose of this study is to analyse the role of risk perceptions and exposure for protective behaviour against tick bites and the related diseases Lyme borreliosis (LB) and tick-borne encephalitis (TBE), both of which are growing health concerns. We use data from a national survey in Sweden with respondents in geographical areas with substantial differences in both abundance of ticks and incidence of LB and TBE. We find that the share of respondents who frequently use protective clothing (64%), perform tick checks (63%) or avoid tall grass while in areas with ticks (48%) is relatively high. However, the use of protective measures is uneven and a considerably lower share tuck their trousers into their socks (18%), use repellent against ticks (16%) or use a combination of protective measures. Thirty-one per cent of the respondents report one or more tick bites in the last year and 68% report one or more lifetime tick bites, indicating that it is difficult to protect oneself from tick bites. There is a strong positive association between exposure and checking the skin for ticks, but exposure

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Protection and ethical review

Ethics Review

Gothenburg - Ref. 544-13

Method

Unit of analysis

Time Method

Sampling procedure

Other

Time period(s) investigated

2013-05-01–2013-11-30

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Publications

Slunge D, Boman A (2018) Learning to live with ticks? The role of exposure and risk perceptions in protective behaviour against tick-borne diseases. PLoS ONE 13(6): e0198286. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0198286
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Dataset
Dataset for study of the Role of Exposure and Risk Perceptions in Protective Behaviour Against Tick-Borne Diseases

Description

The dataset contains the variables used in the study "Learning to Live with Ticks? The Role of Exposure and Risk Perceptions in Protective Behavior Against Tick-Borne Diseases", by Slunge and Boman. The questionnaire about Ticks, TBE and Borrelia contains additional questions that are not included in this material. Data is available for download in SPSS and STATA format.

Version 1.0

Citation

Daniel Slunge. University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics (2018). <em>Dataset for study of the Role of Exposure and Risk Perceptions in Protective Behaviour Against Tick-Borne Diseases</em>. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. <a href="https://doi.org/10.5878/003014">https://doi.org/10.5878/003014</a>

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Data format / data structure

Numeric

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Daniel Slunge - University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics

Time period(s) investigated

2013-05-01–2013-11-30

Data collection

  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2013-10-01–2013-11-30
  • Data collector: Enkätfabriken
  • Source of the data: Population group

Variables

69

Number of individuals/objects

1510

Published: 2018-05-22
Last updated: 2020-03-16