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

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Daniel Slunge - University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law

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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Dataset

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Daniel Slunge - University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law

Identifiers:

SND-ID: SND 1049

Purpose:

To analyse the role of risk perceptions and exposure for five protective measures against tick bites and the related diseases tick-borne encehalitis (TBE) and Lyme borreliosis (LB).

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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Time period(s) investigated:

2013-05-01 — 2013-11-30

Geographic spread:

Geographic location: Sweden

Unit of analysis:

Time Method:

Sampling procedure:

Other

Ethics Review:

Gothenburg —544-13

Version 1.0:

2018-04-23 doi:10.5878/003014

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Dataset

Dataset for study of the Role of Exposure and Risk Perceptions in Protective Behaviour Against Tick-Borne Diseases

Citation:

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

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.

Data format / data structure:

Numeric

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

Time period(s) investigated:

2013-05-01 — 2013-11-30

Variables:

69

Number of individuals/objects:

1510