Chulalongkorn Medical Journal


Background: Communicable diseases have become a major cause of death for children under the age of five yearsall over the world. Illness at this age will affect the growth, development and overall health of children.Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine the predictive factors of preventive and control behaviors ofteachers for communicable diseases in children in child care centers, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).Methods: The subject group consisted of 112 teachers and simple sampling selection criteria was: child careteacher working in child care centers for at least 1 year were recruited. The data were collected between April - May2019 using personal data questionnaires, health literacy questionnaires, preventive and control behaviors ofcommunicable diseases questionnaires.Results: The results showed that age, experience of being a teacher, experience of training about communicablediseases, and health literacy of preventive and control of communicable diseases in children were able to predict17.6 % (R2 = 0.176, P < 0.001). It was found that only health literacy on preventive and control of communicablediseases was able to predict the preventive behavior of communicable diseases in children with statistical significance( = 0.42, P < 0.001).Conclusion: Teacher’s health literacy of preventive and control of communicable diseases in children is important.Teachers should be provided with guidelines for the development of health literacy for preventive and control ofcommunicable diseases in children which could lead to healthy children in child care centers.


Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University

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