Changing protective and risky behaviors to prevent child-to-parent transmission of cytomegalovirus

J Appl Behav Anal. Winter 1993;26(4):471-2. doi: 10.1901/jaba.1993.26-471.


Child-to-parent transmission of cytomegalovirus may be reduced by increasing protective behaviors (handwashing and glove use) and decreasing risky behaviors (intimate contact between child and parent). This study showed that an educational intervention resulted in increases in reported and objective measures of protective behaviors and decreases in reported risky behaviors. Further study must determine if changes in protective and risky behavior are maintained and prevent cytomegalovirus transmission.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Child Day Care Centers*
  • Cytomegalovirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Cytomegalovirus Infections / transmission
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Mothers*
  • Risk Factors