Stigmatizing attitudes of the community towards people living with HIV/AIDS

Show simple item record Visser, M.J. (Maretha Johanna) Makin, J.D. (Jennifer Dianne) Lehobye, Kopo 2007-06-06T07:24:34Z 2007-06-06T07:24:34Z 2006-01
dc.description.abstract This research involved an exploratory study in which a questionnaire was used to investigate the personal stigma and perceived community stigma regarding HIV/AIDS in a South African community. Student fieldworkers interviewed a convenient sample of 901 respondents from different races, gender and age groups, and found that respondents tended towards stigmatizing persons with HIV/AIDS. Yet, this degree of stigmatization was significantly less severe than the degree of stigmatization that respondents attributed to the community at large. Altogether 17% of the respondents had high stigmatizing attitudes, while 42% perceived the stigmatization by others in the community to be high. Race group, personal knowledge of someone with HIV, area of residence, gender and age group impacted on the respondents' personal tendency to stigmatize those with HIV/AIDS. The article discusses the difference between the level of personal stigma attached by the respondents and that perceived by them to be attached by the community. Attention is also paid to the possible implications of stigmatizing behaviour patterns and interventions on a community level. en
dc.description.sponsorship National Institute of Health
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dc.identifier.citation Visser, M, Makin, J & Lehobye, K 2006, 'Stigmatizing attitudes of the community towards people living with HIV/AIDS', Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 42-58. [] en
dc.identifier.issn 1052-9284
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher John Wiley & Sons, Ltd en
dc.rights John Wiley & Sons, Ltd en
dc.subject Behavior en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Social psychology en
dc.subject South Africans en
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- Patients
dc.subject.lcsh HIV-positive persons -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Identity (Psychology)
dc.subject.lcsh Stigma (Social psychology)
dc.subject.lcsh Stigmatization
dc.subject.lcsh Communities -- Behavior
dc.title Stigmatizing attitudes of the community towards people living with HIV/AIDS en
dc.type Postprint Article en

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