Variations of AIDS-related beliefs by grade, race, gender, socioeconomic status, and size of community were examined for a diverse group of elementary school children (n=609).
Consistent with prior research, beliefs about HIV transmission and willingness to interact with persons with AIDS increased across grades 1 to 5. Black children living in rural communities held the most misconceptions about AIDS and, relative to white peers, black children were more reluctant to interact with persons with AIDS (PWA).
Support for more negative attitudes toward PWA among boys was also found.
Knowledge of transmission mediated grade and sex differences in willingness to interact, but not race differences.
Implications of results for AIDS prevention programs are discussed, along with directions for future research.
Mots-clés Pascal : SIDA, Virose, Infection, Connaissance, Attitude, Epidémiologie, Enfant, Homme, Age scolaire, Croyance, Statut socioéconomique, Race, Sexe, Age, Préadolescent, Transmission, Relation sexuelle, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Knowledge, Attitude, Epidemiology, Child, Human, School age, Belief, Socioeconomic status, Race, Sex, Age, Preadolescent, Transmission, Sexual intercourse, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0415887
Code Inist : 002B30A03C. Création : 19/12/1997.