Date of Award

5-1-1998

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Professor Hattie Mae Mitchell

Abstract

This was an exploratory/descriptive study to explore the relationship of knowledge, attitudes and sexual behaviors among African American high school students regarding AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Thirty students from Port Gibson High School, located in Port Gibson, MS were surveyed to determine levels of knowledge of AIDS, sexual attitudes, and sexual behaviors. Attitude and knowledge are necessary to identify specific consequences following the behavior.

A descriptive and exploratory design was used in this study. A self administered questionnaire was administered to African American male and female high school students.

The study was an attempt to provide a clear understanding of the knowledge of AIDS, sexual attitudes, and sexual behaviors of the African American male and female high school students. The results indicated no significant differences between the groups in the areas explored.

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