Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1997

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Social Work

Advisor

Bill Daley

Abstract

The purpose of the researcher was to investigate knowledge, behavior, and prevention beliefs of college students pertaining to HIV/AIDS. The Independent variables were. Gender, Behavior, AIDS education, and media form which most information about HIV/AIDS was gained. Dependent variables were the scores from the following components of the Knowledge/Behaviors/Beliefs about Prevention of HIV/AID test; Knowledge scores and Beliefs about Prevention scales Self-Efficacy, Peer Support for Safe Acts, Self Control, Expectation to Act to Prevent Pregnancy, Perceived Threat, and Total. The total sample consisted of 226 students enrolled at Fort Hays State University in the Spring semester of 1996. Two composite null hypotheses were tested at the .05 level employing a three-way analysis of variance (general linear model). A total of 77 comparisons were made, plus 21 recurring. Of the 77 comparisons, 28 were for main effects and 49 were for interactions. Of the 28 main effects, 7 were statistically significant at the .05 level. OF the 49 interactions, 12 were statistically significant at the .05 level. The results of the present study seem to support the following generalizations. 1. Females have a more positive attitude about HIV/Aids prevention than males, 2. Students with very high risk behavior have a more positive attitude HIV/Aids prevention than those students in the very low risk behavior group and the high risk behavior group. 3. The gender and behavior of the students should be interpreted concurrently for Self Efficacy, 4. The behavior and AIDS education of the students should be interpreted concurrently for Self Efficacy, 5. The gender and behavior of the students should be interpreted concurrently for Peer Support for Safe Acts, 6. The gender and behavior of the students should be interpreted concurrently for Self Control, 7. The gender and AIDS education of the students should be interpreted concurrently for Expectation to Act to Prevent Pregnancy, 8. The gender and behavior of the student should be interpreted concurrently for Perceived Threat, 9. The gender and Aids Education of the students should be interpreted concurrently for Perceived Threat, 10. The gender and AIDS education of the students should be interpreted concurrently for Knowledge, 11. The behavior and media of the students should be interpreted concurrently for Peer Support for Safe Acts, 12. The gender, behavior and media of the students should b interpreted concurrently for Peer Support for Safe Acts, 13. The behavior and media of the students should be interpreted concurrently for Perceived Threat, and 14. The gender, behavior and media of the students should be interpreted concurrently for Perceived Threat.

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Copyright 1997 Tamara D. Fundis- Herlan

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