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ERIC Number: EJ843031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0160-2896
Relevance of Education and Intelligence at the National Level for Health: The Case of HIV and AIDS
Rindermann, Heiner; Meisenberg, Gerhard
Intelligence, v37 n4 p383-395 Jul-Aug 2009
Studies at the individual level have shown a negative effect of education and intelligence on risky behavior. The same has been demonstrated for risky sexual behavior and for HIV-infection rates in sub-Saharan Africa. In path analyses at the country data level, cognitive abilities (seen as depending on education) show a strong negative effect on HIV-infection rates, whereas gross domestic product and modernization each has a small positive effect. A higher proportion of Muslims in the population reduces the HIV-infection rate. Explanations for the effect of intelligence include a better understanding of causal relationships between one's behavior and health, greater awareness of future consequences, indirect intelligence effects, a general rationality effect, a civic embeddedness effect, and more competent management of the problem by governments, e.g. through public education programs about HIV transmission and AIDS. (Contains 1 table and 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa