Culture, health, and the use of household cleaning products by African women.

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  • Author(s): Omer, Nesrin; Obeng, Cecilia S.
  • Source:
    International Public Health Journal (INT PUBLIC HEALTH J), Oct-Dec2015; 7(4): 427-431. (5p)
  • Publication Type:
    Article - research, tables/charts
  • Language:
    English
  • Additional Information
    • Affiliation:
      School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
    • Subject Terms:
    • Subject Terms:
    • Abstract:
      This study focuses on African women's use of cleaning products and their awareness of the health and environmental effects of these products. There were 15 participants in the study. Analyses of the findings indicate that participants' culture has an influence on the way most of the women view and respond to harmful cleaning products. Some participants noted that they did not practice safety measures to protect their health, although all of them believed there was some risk from using cleaning products. Others indicated that they did not mix cleaning products according to the instructions on the product and some were unfamiliar with the effects of such mixing, or did not see the need for following the instructions. Environmental and health campaigns should develop accessible and effective methods to increase the awareness of African women about the health hazards associated with the use of cleaning products, and the importance of practicing or adopting safety and protective measures when using such products. Also, information should be provided to these women as to where alternative affordable and effective non-toxic products may be purchased, and the real long-term costs of using chemical products.
    • Journal Subset:
      Public Health; USA
    • Special Interest:
      Public Health
    • ISSN:
      1947-4989
    • Publication Date:
      20180117
    • Publication Date:
      20180118
    • Accession Number:
      110820636
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      OMER, N.; OBENG, C. S. Culture, health, and the use of household cleaning products by African women. International Public Health Journal, [s. l.], v. 7, n. 4, p. 427–431, 2015. Disponível em: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=110820636&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912. Acesso em: 27 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Omer N, Obeng CS. Culture, health, and the use of household cleaning products by African women. International Public Health Journal. 2015;7(4):427-431. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=110820636&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912. Accessed January 27, 2020.
    • APA:
      Omer, N., & Obeng, C. S. (2015). Culture, health, and the use of household cleaning products by African women. International Public Health Journal, 7(4), 427–431. Retrieved from http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=110820636&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Omer, Nesrin, and Cecilia S. Obeng. 2015. “Culture, Health, and the Use of Household Cleaning Products by African Women.” International Public Health Journal 7 (4): 427–31. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=110820636&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912.
    • Harvard:
      Omer, N. and Obeng, C. S. (2015) ‘Culture, health, and the use of household cleaning products by African women’, International Public Health Journal, 7(4), pp. 427–431. Available at: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=110820636&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912 (Accessed: 27 January 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Omer, N & Obeng, CS 2015, ‘Culture, health, and the use of household cleaning products by African women’, International Public Health Journal, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 427–431, viewed 27 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Omer, Nesrin, and Cecilia S. Obeng. “Culture, Health, and the Use of Household Cleaning Products by African Women.” International Public Health Journal, vol. 7, no. 4, Oct. 2015, pp. 427–431. EBSCOhost, widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=110820636&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Omer, Nesrin, and Cecilia S. Obeng. “Culture, Health, and the Use of Household Cleaning Products by African Women.” International Public Health Journal 7, no. 4 (October 2015): 427–31. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=110820636&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Omer N, Obeng CS. Culture, health, and the use of household cleaning products by African women. International Public Health Journal [Internet]. 2015 Oct [cited 2020 Jan 27];7(4):427–31. Available from: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=110820636&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912