The purpose of this study was to investigate older adults’ knowledge and perceived susceptibility to HIV/AIDS and their perception of self-efficacy in avoiding HIV/AIDS. Older adults (n = 33) from a local senior center completed the AIDS Questionnaire measuring these concepts. Findings indicated no correlation between knowledge and perceived susceptibility, however, knowledge was strongly correlated with self-efficacy. The findings indicated that knowledge of HIV/AIDS was a significant predictor of self-efficacy. In this sample, additional findings indicated a statistically significant difference between ethnicity and HIV/AIDS knowledge. Asians reported lower knowledge, yet had higher perceived susceptibility and self-efficacy than other ethnic groups.
|Commitee:||Claver, Maria, Fisher, Dennis G.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Public health|
|Keywords:||AIDS, HIV, Older adults|
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