ERIC Number: ED321708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Experiencing an Epidemic: A Seminar Designed To Explore the Spread and Prevention of the AIDS Virus.
Rochlin, Joyce T.
A seminar was designed to present AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) related information to 52 college students enrolled in Psychology 101 courses at Essex Community College in Maryland. First, a questionnaire was administered to determine student knowledge about AIDS. The next part of the procedure was an intervention in the form of a class lecture/discussion seminar which focused on the correct answers to the questions and implications for personal behavior and responsibility. Pretesting and posttesting were done to evaluate the intervention. The study showed that students held more misconceptions about personal vulnerability and personal responsibility than about the societal consequences of AIDS. Posttesting with students who either had or had not attended the intervention seminar indicated that students who had attended the seminar performed 58% better than those who did not attend the seminar. Both groups knew more about the physiological manifestations of AIDS and its transmission than about personal vulnerability or the role individuals play in spreading the virus. The questionnaire is appended. Contains 54 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.