ERIC Number: ED393813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
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Sexual Behavior of College Students in the Age of AIDS: Strategies for Preventive Education.
In light of college students' high level of knowledge about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and their persistence in engaging in risky sexual behaviors, this paper reviews the current literature on college students' level of AIDS knowledge, their patterns of behavior, factors essential in designing effective AIDS education programs, and strategies to help students adopt safer sexual practices. The review of AIDS knowledge and sexual behavior found a serious gap between students' degree of knowledge concerning AIDS and the modification of their behavior to prevent HIV infection. An examination of effective education programs found that health educators as well as programs on campuses need a great deal of support from their respective educational institutions and that students may remain detached from the urgency of the current crisis because institutions fail to recognize such urgency themselves. A look at the best approaches to closing the knowledge-behavior gap found that perceived peer norms have been identified as an influential element and that the inclusion of a peer education component that modified college students' perceived peer norms may be the intervention method of choice. (Contains 64 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Preventive Education
Note: Doctoral Research Paper, Biola University.