This study examined attitudes toward people living with HIV/AIDS within a sample of 220 young men and women. As predicted, a multiple regression analysis revealed that the fear of contracting HIV/AIDS through casual contact was a significant predictor of both men and women's willingness to interact with people living with HIV/AIDS. Attitudes to homosexuality were also a significant predictor of attitudes toward people living with HIV/AIDS among women, who generally have a low risk of contracting the disease in western societies. These results indicate that attitudes toward people with a serious illness may be strongly related to the perceived risk of contracting the disease.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Social Psychology|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2007|