ERIC Number: ED327740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: 0
What Ninth Graders Know about AIDS: A Report on the 1990 Illinois AIDS Survey.
Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
In spring of 1990, pursuant to the federally funded School Health Education Project to Prevent the Spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus, an annual survey was conducted of Illinois ninth graders (n=1,181) to assess their knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs concerning Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Findings from the 1990 survey are described and comparisons are made with findings from the 1989 survey, and also between Illinois ninth grader data and data collected for adults nationally by the National Center for Health Statistics. Data analysis and reported findings focus on variations according to student gender, ethnicity, and geographic region of the state in: (1) level of knowledge about AIDS; (2) attitudes toward AIDS; and (3) student awareness of information sources and where to get tested for AIDS. These findings suggest that ninth graders are knowledgeable about the major means of transmitting the AIDS virus (sexual intercourse and the sharing of hypodermic needles) and about important prevention measures, but they had misconceptions about transmission of AIDS through blood transfer, along with unfounded and potentially destructive phobias about going to school with a student who has AIDS. Based on these findings, recommendations for Illinois educators are provided. References are included and instrumentation is appended, along with the survey methodology and response rate, geographic categories, and a summary of questionnaire response items. (TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.