Study Reports Student Handwashing Behavior

This school study reports student handwashing behavior over a 4 week period.

This study was conducted by three researchers that observed the handwashing behaviors of students from two independent single-sex private schools in Pennsylvania.  Observations were conducted over a 4-week period at different times of the day and various bathrooms.  The results showed that 58% of female students washed their hands after bathroom use, compared with 48% for male students.  Female students used soap 28% of the time, while male students used soap 8% of the time.  Female students washed their hands for more than five seconds 50% of the time, compared to 23% for male students.  The study was published in the American Journal of Infection Control.