Author

Sharon Owens

Date of Award

8-29-1989

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Abstract

This study investigated the attitudes of graduate social work students toward providing services to persons with HIV/AIDS. The following areas were addressed: attitudes of social work graduate students toward providing services to persons with AIDS; similarities between the attitudes of first year students and the attitudes of second year students toward providing social work services to persons with AIDS, the relationship between fear of AIDS transmission and services to AIDS clients, the relationship between knowledge about AIDS and services to AIDS clients and the relationship between moral beliefs about AIDS and services to AIDS clients. The research design employed in this study, was correlational, a form of descriptive methodology.

Sixty-one students responded to a self-administered questionnaire. Five different types of services were presented to the students in the form of vignettes. These services were individual counseling, group leadership, a home visit assignment, transportation and advocacy type services.

The results of the study indicated, (a) statistically significant correlation between the attitude of social work students toward providing transportation to clients with AIDS (b) statistically significant correlation between the attitude of first year students and the attitude of second year students toward providing transportation to persons with AIDS (c) no significant relationship was found to exist between fear of AIDS transmission and the different types of services (d) a significant relationship between knowledge of AIDS and group leadership; and, (e) a significant relationship between moral beliefs about AIDS and advocacy services.

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