chapter  5
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Findings of the Validation Study

Much work has been done in the arena of human behaviour and treatment-seeking for malaria. The research in this fi eld is much infl uenced by the traditional approaches of the KAP (knowledge attitude and practice) and KABP (knowledge, attitude, behaviour, and practice) studies promoted in the late 1970s and 1980s (Pelto and Pelto 1997). These studies have contributed much to the understanding of community perspectives on malaria. They do, however, have their limitations as they provide a static and descriptive picture of what people ‘know’, what they know and what they ‘do’ (or report they would do) when confronted with an illness. With their focus on knowledge and belief, they are deeply rooted in the tradition of the ‘traditional-modern dichotomy’.