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ERIC Number: ED426964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 13
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The Relationship between the Distrust of Whites and Safe-Sex Practices: A Pilot Study for Educating African Americans about HIV/AIDS.
Chandler, Donald S., Jr.
African Americans have been greatly affected by the AIDS epidemic. Experts have explored the cultural factors which may influence the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS prevention. This study investigated the impact of cultural mistrust, exploring the relationship between the distrust of whites and safe-sex practices among African-American college students. The sample consisted of 31 self-selected African American students at a historically black university in the middle Tennessee area. All participants were heterosexual and sexually active within the last 6 months. Most had only one sexual partner in the last 6 months; thirty participants were single and one was engaged. None reported having HIV or AIDS. However, seven reported knowing someone with HIV or AIDS. Three-quarters had attended an HIV/AIDS presentation, and 61 percent of those presentations were facilitated by African American health providers. Students completed the Behavior subset from the AIDS Knowledge, Feelings, and Behavior Questionnaire, which measured safe-sex practices. They also completed the Cultural Mistrust Inventory, which measured mistrust of whites by African Americans. Data analysis indicated that there was a modest negative correlation between cultural mistrust and safe-sex practices. The study concludes with five recommended topic areas to reduce cultural distrust in HIV/AIDS prevention. (Contains 13 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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