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Blood donation behaviour and beliefs among a sample of high school students in Mmabatho

K. Mwaba, M. J. Kelkelame
Curationis | Vol 18, No 3 | a1356 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v18i3.1356 | © 1995 K. Mwaba, M. J. Kelkelame | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 March 1995 | Published: 28 March 1995

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K. Mwaba,, South Africa
M. J. Kelkelame,, South Africa

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This study was aimed at establishing the extent of blood donation and beliefs about donating blood among high school students in Mmabatho. A random sample of 40 Standard 10 students (20 males, 20 females; mean age = 20.8 years) was selected to participate in the study. A structured questionnaire was used to determine blood donation behaviour and accompanying beliefs. The results showed that although 80 percent of the participants believed that donating blood was important only 17.5 percent had actually ever donated blood. The data also showed that donating blood was a health risk or uncertain if donating blood was safe. It is recommended that public appeals for blood donors should include information to dispel myths about dangers of donating blood.


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