ERIC Number: ED320308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
HIV Prevention Education in the Nation's Public Schools. Report of the National School Boards Association Survey.
National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA.
Only 447 cases of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) among 13- to 19-year-olds were reported to the Center for Disease Control through November 1989; however, 20 percent of the reported AIDS cases among males and 25 percent among females were diagnosed in people ages 20 to 29. Because of the long incubation period between infection and the onset of symptoms, many of these adult AIDS victims are the result of infection during the teenage years. To assess the progress toward implementing Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) education programs in elementary and secondary schools, and to determine the extent to which comprehensive (K-12) school health education is required, in April 1989 questionnaires regarding prevention education programs were sent to the superintendents of 568 school districts throughout the United States. The response rate was 59 percent. Results of the survey indicated that: (1) of the 79 percent of responding school districts that required HIV prevention education, 56 percent reported high parental support for the program; (2) most districts required HIV education in grades 6 through 8; and (3) the small/rural districts were somewhat more likely than urban and large/suburban districts to include communication skills, peer pressure resistance, self esteem, and child abuse counselling in their HIV education curriculum. Appended are the responses to the HIV Prevention Education Survey. (KM)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, At Risk Persons, Community Attitudes, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Health Education, Moral Values, Parent Attitudes, Prevention
Publication Sales, National School Boards Association, 1680 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($5.00 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (DHHS/CDC), Atlanta, GA. Adolescent and School Health Div.
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA.