ERIC Number: ED339119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Parental Involvement in Middle School AIDS Education Programs.
Acosta, Veronica M.
The purpose of this study was to determine parents' perceptions regarding acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) education information for their eighth-grade school children. Their perceptions were based on their responses to a questionnaire that included topics such as AIDS as a disease, how the virus is spread, incidence of AIDS among groups, preventive measures, what is safe, controversial issues, and the challenges for the future. These were derived from the Surgeon General's report on AIDS. A survey packet was mailed to 148 parents of eighth-grade children in a Midwest suburban middle school during spring 1989. The results of the survey indicated that most parents in the sample favored all topics as appropriate for their eighth grade school children. Further analysis indicated that seven topics which were related to sex and controversial issues showed 10 percent or greater of parent disagreement. A discussion of the findings reveals that parents are more supportive of sex-related AIDS education topics than they were with sex education a few years ago. The results of the study have implications for researchers, teachers, school administrators, and curriculum specialists. (24 references) (Author/RR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).