Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

African American family communication and its effects on HIV/AIDS prevention
by Mays, Chelsea G., M.A., Bowie State University, 2014, 79; 1585660
Abstract (Summary)

Open and sincere communication produces an atmosphere that allows family members to articulate love and respect for one another. Results make it obvious that family communication is an important untapped resource when discussing increasing rates of HIV/AIDS infections. This study examines family communication, African Americans and HIV/AIDS prevention.

With 32% of the reported cases of AIDS are African Americans and only 12 % of American population is African American. It is essential to find new preventative measure to suppress HIV rates in African American communities. By assessing the communication orientation(s) that work best when providing sex education to teenagers it can establish a foundation for further research on communication about sex education, HIV and STD prevention. With the findings of what communication style(s) work best it can alter the stigmas of homosexuality tied to HIV in the African American community, delineating the discouragement of homosexual sex education lowering the rate of HIV and STD transmission.

Using semi-structured interviewing with open-ended questions made interviews more informal and easy for participants to divulge specific information. Participants were African American men and women, between the age of 18-25, residing in Southern Maryland and had a younger sibling. With the use of spiral of silence theory the study found that mass opinion given by the black church of abstinence and the lack of education on HIV/AIDS prevention due to biblical text has created a moral divide for those within the congregation that would like to speak out for preventative provisions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Krishnasamy, Adrian
Commitee: Briscoe, Shirelle, O'Brien, Pamela
School: Bowie State University
Department: Organizational Communications
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Communication, Public health, Individual & family studies
Keywords: African americans, Black church, Communications, Family, HIV/AIDS prevention
Publication Number: 1585660
ISBN: 9781321643800
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