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NCJ Number: 128181 Find in a Library
Title: Language Discrimination of General Physicians: AIDS Metaphors Used in the AIDS Crisis
Journal: Communication Research  Volume:17  Issue:6  Dated:special issue (December 1990)  Pages:809-826
Author(s): R Norton; J Schwartzbaum; J Wheat
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 18
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated the language of physicians based on the assumption that how individuals talk about AIDS identifies covert beliefs and values.
Abstract: A stratified randomed sample of 628 primary care physicians was identified from a population of 2,804 practitioners. Each physician was asked to anonymously complete a questionnaire, and 234 questionnaires (37.3 percent) were returned. The questionnaire contained 41 items that elicited information about physicians' demographic characteristics, AIDS and HIV knowledge, and attitudes toward individuals infected with HIV. Results showed that how physicians talked about AIDS often involved discrimination. Of 232 metaphors reported by general physicians in response to a question on what AIDS is like, some physicians answered with extremely judgmental replies. About one in four doctors chose a disease-oriented description of AIDS. It is concluded that what physicians say about AIDS and how they say it require special sensitivity in a context confounded by discrimination, sexuality, economics, and ideology. 10 references, 2 tables, and 1 figure (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Attitudes toward AIDS
Index Term(s): Communication techniques; Discrimination; Psycholinguistics
Note: Parts of article selected for oral presentation at the Fifth International AIDS Conference, 1989, Montreal
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