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Education Specialist (Ed.S)


This study surveyed 132 (94 women and 38 men) members of the Kansas Association of School Psychologists (KASP) concerning their levels of involvement in activities related to the education about and risk reduction for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) This research was a partial replication of Peterson and Gettinger's (1991) study, "Involvement in Service Delivery Activities for Children Affected by AIDS: A Survey of Wisconsin School Psychologists" Due to advances in treatment and the spread of the disease to the heterosexual population, more and more AIDS-infected children will be attending our schools In addition to those infected themselves, many students may have family members who have contracted the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that leads to AIDS. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP, 1988) released a position statement affirming the rights of such students to attend school and stating that school psychologists' training may favor their taking an active role in AIDS programs. Participants received a questionnaire requesting demographic and AIDS- related information, their levels of actual and preferred involvement in AIDS-related activities, and apparent barriers to their involvement in these types of activities. Participants were also asked to report what other school personnel, instead of the school psychologist, were involved with activities concerning AIDS in their schools. On a scale from 1 (not involved) to 4 (always involved), it was determined that Kansas school psychologists' level of actual (M = 1.16) and preferred (M = 2.03) involvement in activities related to AIDS was very low. The primary barriers to the school psychologists' involvement were reported as lack of time and the fact that other school personnel (c g, school nurse) were responsible for AIDS-related activities.


Thomas T. Jackson

Date of Award

Summer 1995

Document Type

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