Third, fifth, and seventh graders, most of them Mexican-American, were exposed to an empirically based and culturally sensitive AIDS curriculum designed to replace their intuitive theories with a coherent, scientific account of the causal processes that lead from risk behavior to AIDS symptomatology.
Compared to students in control classes, experimental students knew more about AIDS risk factors and AIDS generally, displayed more conceptual understanding of the causes of AIDS and flu, and were more willing to interact with people who have AIDS (although not less worried about AIDS) at posttest and typically at follow-up 10-11 months later.
The findings point to the potential value of adopting an intuitive theories approach in assessing and modifying children's concepts of health and illness and suggest, contrary to Piagetian formulations, that even relatively young children can, with appropriate instruction, grasp scientific theories of disease.
Mots-clés Pascal : Programme sanitaire, Education sanitaire, Facteur risque, Latinoaméricain, Age scolaire, Enfant, Homme, Mexicanoaméricain, Angloaméricain, SIDA, Virose, Infection, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sanitary program, Health education, Risk factor, Latinamerican, School age, Child, Human, AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
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