Patterns of HIV-AIDS knowledge and attitudes among Michigan adults: implications for public health education

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James C. Petersen, Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Abstract: Accessing the levels of knowledge and attitudes of HIV-AIDS in demographic groups is the first step in tailoring health education strategies. In this study, data from a state-wide sample of Michigan adults are analyzed to explore the interrelationships of demographic variables and knowledge of and attitudes towards HIV-AIDS. Bivariate and multivariate analyses reveal that most demographic variables show significant patterns of relationship with HIV-AIDS knowledge and attitudes. However, these patterns also reveal large inconsistencies between knowledge and attitudes with subgroup risk, based on known rates of infection in those subgroups. It appears that education of the public with regard to HIV-AIDS has favored the majority group. The study will conclude with the public health education implications of these findings.

Additional Information

Publication
Sociological Practice Review, October, 1992, 3: 251-257
Language: English
Date: 1992
Keywords
knowledge, attitudes, HIV-AIDS, demographic groups, health education, public health