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NCJ Number: 126610 Find in a Library
Title: Gender Differences in AIDS Knowledge Among Students in an Eastern University
Journal: Sociology and Social Research  Volume:74  Issue:4  Dated:(July 1990)  Pages:212-221
Author(s): L Carroll
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 10
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents an analysis of data form a survey of 263 heterosexual college students at the University of Rhode Island in April 1988. It focuses in particular on the distribution of AIDS knowledge among the student population as well as the methods by which such information is attained.
Abstract: Knowledge about AIDS is measured by a 10-item test of factual information about AIDS, and additional information is elicited regarding sexual behavior, gender, age, parents' marital status, religiousness, attitude toward premarital sex, and participation in exclusive relationship. Analysis of the data shows significant gender differences in sources of information as well as a different motivation and learning process. Females are more apt to obtain their information through formal instruction, whereas males get knowledge from print or broadcast media. The greatest gender difference was the influence of involvement in an exclusive relationship followed by parents' marital status. AIDS knowledge was greater for females than for the males in exclusive relationships. 1 note and 12 references
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV prevention
Index Term(s): Interpersonal relations; Rhode Island; Sexual behavior; Students
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