Date of Award
School of Social Work
Hattie M. Mitchell
This study examines the differences between rural African-American and Caucasian senior citizens with regard to HIV/AIDS knowledge, beliefs, and values. The study is based on the premise that seniors are at a significant risk for HIV/AIDS infection due to a number of factors. A lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS and associated opportunistic illnesses are two factors that may affect the rate of infection among seniors. A data collection process via administration of a 3 5-item instrument was used to test the hypothesis of the researcher. The researcher found that, in many instances, rural seniors reveal gaps in their knowledge base concerning HIV/AIDS. The results of this study indicate that while rural African-American and Caucasian seniors are similar in many of their knowledge, beliefs, and values regarding HIV/AIDS, they demonstrate statistically significant differences in six of the test items. The null hypothesis was rejected due to statistically significant differences between the defined groups.
Munro, Barbara M., "An exploratory descriptive study of HIV/AIDS knowledge, beliefs, and values among rural African-American and Caucasian seniors" (2003). ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. 3706.