Attitudes toward people living with HIV/AIDS: A model of attitudes to illness

John Connors, Alan Hely

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-130
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

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