ERIC Number: ED306994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
AIDS Information and Opinion Survey.
Apple Library Users Group, Cupertino, CA.
In spring 1989, a study was conducted at Catonsville Community College to assess the attitudes and knowledge of students, faculty, and staff regarding Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and to determine whether further education regarding AIDS was needed at the college. A survey was administered to all faculty and staff and to students in a representative sample of day and evening classes. Respondents were asked to indicate their degree of agreement or disagreement with 26 attitudinal statements regarding their own vulnerability, the extent of others' risk reduction efforts, their desire for AIDS information, the severity of the disease, and the effectiveness of prevention measures. In addition, they were asked to mark 31 informational statements as true, false, or not sure. Faculty members were also asked to indicate whether and how they provided AIDS information in class. Study findings included the following: (1) students, faculty, and staff had remarkably similar attitudes towards AIDS; (2) while respondents felt their own risk from AIDS was relatively low, they felt strongly about the need for more information about AIDS; (3) respondents perceived preventive measures and efforts at risk reduction as fairly effective; (4) 12 of the 31 questions to assess AIDS knowledge were answered incorrectly by over half of the respondents; (5) over 25% of the respondents indicated that they were "not sure" about 11 questions; and (6) in general, knowledge of AIDS increased with age; Whites were more knowledgeable than Hispanics who were more knowledgeable than Blacks; and men seemed to know more about AIDS than women. The survey instruments are appended. (ALB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Apple Library Users Group, Cupertino, CA.