Survey of Awareness and Concept of Insects in Korea

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  • ABSTRACT

    To investigate the degree of individuals’ concept and awareness of insects, a survey study was conducted with students and adults living in Korea. The misconception rate for insects was about 50% for both students and adults, but it was lower for students and people who had experienced insect-related events than for adults and those who had not. The highest misconception rate was obtained in answer to a question about the basic structure of an insect. Most people had a high awareness of insects. Significant differences and correlations for the awareness of insects were found between students and adults, men and women, people who had experienced insect-related events and those who had not. The experience of an insect-related event most influenced awareness of insects. These results suggest that increasing people's interest in insects and utilizing insects in treatment situations may be beneficial for the field of mental healthcare.


  • KEYWORD

    Survey analysis , Concept , Awareness , Insect , Mental healthcare

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  • [Table 1.] Demographic data of survey respondents
    Demographic data of survey respondents
  • [Table 2.] Questions for the concept of insects
    Questions for the concept of insects
  • [Fig. 1.] Overall average percentage of correct answers for the concept of insect.
    Overall average percentage of correct answers for the concept of insect.
  • [Fig. 2.] Comparison of the percentage of correct answers between male and female participants (A), students and adults (B), urban and rural residents (C), people experienced with insect-related events and those who were not (D). Significant differences (p value = .05) and correlation coefficients are marked with asterisks (*) on the graph and pluses (+) on the number of the question, respectively. For the correlation coefficient, single and double plus signs indicate correlations with values at the 0.05 (+) and 0.01 (++) level, respectively.
    Comparison of the percentage of correct answers between male and female participants (A), students and adults (B), urban and rural residents (C), people experienced with insect-related events and those who were not (D). Significant differences (p value = .05) and correlation coefficients are marked with asterisks (*) on the graph and pluses (+) on the number of the question, respectively. For the correlation coefficient, single and double plus signs indicate correlations with values at the 0.05 (+) and 0.01 (++) level, respectively.
  • [Table 3.] Questions for the awareness of insects
    Questions for the awareness of insects
  • [Fig. 3.] Overall average awareness of insects.
    Overall average awareness of insects.
  • [Fig. 4.] Comparison of the awareness of insects between male and female participants (A), students and adults (B), urban and rural residents (C), people experienced with insect-related events and those who were not (D). Significant differences (p value = .05) and correlation coefficients are marked with asterisks (*) on the graph and pluses (+) on the number of the question, respectively. For the correlation coefficient, single and double plus signs indicate correlations with values at the 0.05 (+) and 0.01 (++) level, respectively. Vertical bars correspond to the standard error.
    Comparison of the awareness of insects between male and female participants (A), students and adults (B), urban and rural residents (C), people experienced with insect-related events and those who were not (D). Significant differences (p value = .05) and correlation coefficients are marked with asterisks (*) on the graph and pluses (+) on the number of the question, respectively. For the correlation coefficient, single and double plus signs indicate correlations with values at the 0.05 (+) and 0.01 (++) level, respectively. Vertical bars correspond to the standard error.