Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Hattie Mitchell, MSW


The overall objective of this exploratory descriptive study was to explore and describe the level of knowledge African American substance abusing and non-substance abusing women have towards the following variables: knowledge of HIV/AIDS; prevention; risk reduction; transmission and risk groups.

A 39 item questionnaire was administered to thirty (30) African American women, fifteen (15) of whom are substance abusers in a residential treatment center; fifteen (15) are non-substance abusers in a local School of Social Work.

The findings of this study based on t-Test analysis rejected four null hypotheses: know ledge of HIV I AIDS; prevention; transmission, and risk group. It accepted the null hypothesis, that there is a statistical significant difference between substance abusers and non-substance abusers in their knowledge of risk reduction. The mean for non-substance abusers was 4. 93; standard deviation . 799; to be statistical significant different the P value must be equal to or less than .05, therefore we accept the hypothesis.

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