(Do friends/family/neighbors approve of the promoted
Which questions could you use to determine if this barrier
kept people from taking preventive action (purifying their
The following questions are examples that were used in the
Dominican Republic. Your questions may vary.
What do people in this community think about boiling
water to purify it? Chlorinating it? Using iodine? Are
there people who think it’s a bad idea or that it
can hurt you? Are there people who think that it is not
What type of people purify their drinking water?
Who do you know that purifies their drinking water?
Why do they do it? To whom do they give the purified water?
There were no social taboos about purifying water with
bleach or iodine or boiling. Family members and neighbors
would not think you were a snob or strange.