ERIC Number: ED299533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-1
AIDS and Student Sexual Behavior: Who's Concerned, Who Isn't, and Why.
Herting, Diane L.; And Others
Since the first case was identified in 1981, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) has become the number one health concern across the nation. Previous research has shown that AIDS has not had an effect on the sexual behavior of sexually active college students. This study sought to further study the impact of AIDS on the sexual behavior of college students, and to attempt to identify the factors underlying its effect. Self-reported sexually active undergraduate college students (N=144) served as subjects. Subjects completed a one-page survey with questions assessing the subject's knowledge of AIDS, exposure to AIDS information, perception of AIDS vulnerability, changes in sexual behavior, specific sexual behavior(s) that had changed, and demographic factors. The results indicated that only one-third reported any change in their sexual behavior, and that even then the changes did not always involve a greater adherence to "safe sex" practices. The data further identified those subject characteristics predictive of a change in sexual behavior due to the AIDS crisis. These characteristics included being male, single, having received much exposure to AIDS information, and feeling vulnerable to AIDS infection. Findings suggest efforts to educate students about AIDS need to be accelerated, with greater emphasis upon the risk to women and the means of reducing exposure to the AIDS virus. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (34th, New Orleans, LA, March 31-April 2, 1988).