An Analysis of Likability of Insects in Korea

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  • ABSTRACT

    To investigate the degree of individuals' likability of insects, a survey was conducted with students and adults living in Korea. Overall, for insect-related questions, positive responses were higher than negative ones. Among the positive responses, the personal rearing of insects scored lower than others. The unconditional dislike of insects scored highest in the negative responses. A significant differences and correlations were found between males and females, students and adults, people experienced in insect-related events and those who were not. In particular, previous experience in insect-related events significantly influenced insect likability. Subjects preferred coleopteran and lepidopteran insects to others. However, this preference of insects differed by gender: Male participants preferred coleopteran insects to lepidopteran insects, while female participants preferred lepidopteran insects to coleopteran ones. No significant differences in the preference of insects were found by participants' job, residence, or experience in insect-related events. These findings suggest that gender is the most important factor to consider in selecting insects to be used as therapeutic tools in mental health care.


  • KEYWORD

    Survey , Likability , Preference , Insect , Mental Health Care

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  • [Table 1.] Questions for the common likability of insects
    Questions for the common likability of insects
  • [Fig. 1.] Demographic data for the survey in this study. The survey was administered to 788 people, including elementary, middle, and high school students and adults, from May to October 2013.
    Demographic data for the survey in this study. The survey was administered to 788 people, including elementary, middle, and high school students and adults, from May to October 2013.
  • [Fig. 2.] Overall average likability of the insects. The questions included five positive questions about insects (numbered 1 to 5) and five negative questions about insects (numbered 6 to 10). The responses were rated on a five-point scale that ranged from "highly positive" to "highly negative." For statistical analysis, these answers were converted to an ordinal scale: highly positive (5), positive (4), normal (3), negative (2), and highly negative (1). The overall average scores for positive (P) and negative (N) questions are shown.
    Overall average likability of the insects. The questions included five positive questions about insects (numbered 1 to 5) and five negative questions about insects (numbered 6 to 10). The responses were rated on a five-point scale that ranged from "highly positive" to "highly negative." For statistical analysis, these answers were converted to an ordinal scale: highly positive (5), positive (4), normal (3), negative (2), and highly negative (1). The overall average scores for positive (P) and negative (N) questions are shown.
  • [Fig. 3.] Comparison of the average likability of insects between male and female participants (A), students and adults (B), urban and rural residents (C), people experienced in insect-related events and those who were not (D). Significant differences (p = .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. The overall average scores for positive (P) and negative (N) questions are shown.
    Comparison of the average likability of insects between male and female participants (A), students and adults (B), urban and rural residents (C), people experienced in insect-related events and those who were not (D). Significant differences (p = .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. The overall average scores for positive (P) and negative (N) questions are shown.
  • [Fig. 4.] Overall average percentage of the preferable insects. The percentage of responses to questions asking which of the 10 insects, including coleopteran and lepidopteran, within each category the participants liked is shown.
    Overall average percentage of the preferable insects. The percentage of responses to questions asking which of the 10 insects, including coleopteran and lepidopteran, within each category the participants liked is shown.
  • [Fig. 5.] Comparison of the percentage of preferable insects between male and female participants.
    Comparison of the percentage of preferable insects between male and female participants.
  • [Fig. 6.] Comparison of the percentage of preferable insects between students and adults.
    Comparison of the percentage of preferable insects between students and adults.
  • [Fig. 7.] Comparison of the percentage of preferable insects between urban and rural residents.
    Comparison of the percentage of preferable insects between urban and rural residents.
  • [Fig. 8.] Comparison of the percentage of preferable insects between people with and without experience in insect-related events.
    Comparison of the percentage of preferable insects between people with and without experience in insect-related events.