ERIC Number: ED298381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Sex Differences on Attitudes towards AIDS among College Students.
Moore, Charles H.; And Others
If acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) becomes more widespread in the heterosexual population, college students, because of their single status and life style, will be at special risk. This study examined the attitudes of 226 college students toward persons with AIDS, their feelings about AIDS victims, their ideas on what to do about AIDS victims, and whether or not the awareness of AIDS has led to changes in their sexual behavior. The overall findings generally supported the idea that females were much more sensitive than males towards AIDS victims and were more willing to interact with AIDS victims. Females were also more likely than males to have changed some of their sexual practices, while both males and females did not see themselves at risk for AIDS. Approximately 80% of all subjects agreed that a national screening program for AIDS was necessary. Forty-two percent of males and 31% of females felt that isolation of AIDS victims/carriers in camps or colonies would be justified if AIDS ever reached epidemic proportions in the heterosexual population. Thirteen percent of males and seven percent of females endorsed the idea that termination of AIDS patients would be warranted to stop the spread of AIDS if the disease reached epidemic proportions in the heterosexual population, while an additional 25% of respondents responded with "no opinion" to this question. The findings suggest that AIDS is poorly understood and, in order to decrease the possibility of fear and panic, a widespread, simple, direct, immediately available educational program is needed. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (34th, New Orleans, LA, March 31-April 2, 1988).