College adolescents: An emerging risk group for HIV/AIDS acquisition
AuthorRoberts, Robin Ray
AdvisorGood, Thomas L.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this study was to determine if college adolescents are an emerging risk group for acquiring HIV/AIDS. A somewhat diversified sample (70% white, 2% African American, 7% Asian American, 13% Hispanic, and 8% Other) of 172 college students age 18-24, completed questionnaires assessing: knowledge of HIV/AIDS, risk-taking behavior or attitudes, identity and sensation seeking. Despite high levels of knowledge (consistent with previous studies), many misconceptions (e.g. believing mosquitoes can pass the HIV virus) and high risk habits (not using a condom every time when engaging in sex) established this sample as putting themselves at risk for HIV/AIDS. A proposed relationship between either identity and risk-taking or risk-taking and sensation seeking showed no practical significance.
Degree ProgramGraduate College