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ERIC Number: ED311384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 43
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The Relationship of Sexual Responsibility to Knowledge of Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome among High School Students.
Andre, Thomas; Bormann, Lynda
Because there is no cure or vaccine for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), many authorities have recommended education as the primary means for controlling the spread of the disease. However, knowledge about AIDS represents a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for reduction of risky behavior. Although hetereosexual high school and college students have a low incidence of AIDS at the present time, the potential for AIDS to spread in the adolescent population is present. This study examined the relationship of sexual responsibility to AIDS knowledge in male (N=41) and female (N=45) high school students. Subjects' knowledge about AIDS and sexual responsibility was assessed through self-report questionnaires. The results indicated that sexual responsibility correlated with AIDS knowledge. Females were more sexually responsible than males. There were important gaps and misconceptions in students knowledge about AIDS; students knew more about transmission and risk groups than they did about basic medical facts. The results revealed a clear need to continue to focus education for today's adolescents on behavioral, emotional, and personality changes needed to foster responsible sexual behavior. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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