Date of Award

12-1-2006

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

Ph.D.

First Advisor

Richard Lyle, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Robert Waymer, Ph.D

Third Advisor

Timothy Akers, Ph.D

Abstract

This study examines perceived effectiveness of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrom (AIDS)-related services within the state of Georgia by the HIV-infected consumer. Because this study used archival data (statewide epidemiological information), a secondary data analysis was conducted to administer this study. An extrapolation of the original consumer survey was utilized as one of the data collection methods; and the Georgia Consumer Services Assessment was the primary instrument utilized in this study. A method of convenience sampling was used to acquire the original 232 HIV-infected consumers within the sample population. The sample population was a representation of HIV-infected consumers across the state of Georgia. Perceived effectiveness of services was measured across demographic variables, barriers to services, years diagnosed, and type of provider. The findings of this study indicate that most respondents perceive services as having some degree of effectiveness for risk reduction.

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