The influence of acculturation on the perception of risk for AIDS among Mexican-Americans.

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Title:
The influence of acculturation on the perception of risk for AIDS among Mexican-Americans.
Author:
Fernandez Esquer, Maria Eugenia.
Issue Date:
1989
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
The present study was based on a state-wide survey of ethnic minorities attitudes toward AIDS in the state of Arizona. The purpose of the study was to test a model for the relationship between level of acculturation and perception of risk for AIDS among Mexican Americans. The data was derived from a questionnaire on knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about AIDS completed by 600 Mexican Americans in rural and urban counties in the state of Arizona. Results indicate that education rather than acculturation is a stronger predictor of perception of risk. However, the strongest predictors of Fatalistic Views about AIDS and perceived Severity of AIDS were Negative Attitudes Toward Risk Groups and Knowledge about AIDS respectively. Respondents seemed to be antagonistic toward risk group who are perceived to transmit a deadly virus which is highly contagious via behaviors that are socially and morally objectionable. It is recommended that AIDS prevention campaigns emphasize accuracy of information about AIDS disease characteristics, in addition to accurate information about groups at risk for AIDS, in order to dispell misconceptions and fears that hinder the effective prevention of AIDS.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
AIDS (Disease) -- Arizona -- Public opinion; AIDS phobia -- Arizona; Hispanic Americans -- Arizona -- Attitudes
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Psychology; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Ittelson, William

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThe influence of acculturation on the perception of risk for AIDS among Mexican-Americans.en_US
dc.creatorFernandez Esquer, Maria Eugenia.en_US
dc.contributor.authorFernandez Esquer, Maria Eugenia.en_US
dc.date.issued1989en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe present study was based on a state-wide survey of ethnic minorities attitudes toward AIDS in the state of Arizona. The purpose of the study was to test a model for the relationship between level of acculturation and perception of risk for AIDS among Mexican Americans. The data was derived from a questionnaire on knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about AIDS completed by 600 Mexican Americans in rural and urban counties in the state of Arizona. Results indicate that education rather than acculturation is a stronger predictor of perception of risk. However, the strongest predictors of Fatalistic Views about AIDS and perceived Severity of AIDS were Negative Attitudes Toward Risk Groups and Knowledge about AIDS respectively. Respondents seemed to be antagonistic toward risk group who are perceived to transmit a deadly virus which is highly contagious via behaviors that are socially and morally objectionable. It is recommended that AIDS prevention campaigns emphasize accuracy of information about AIDS disease characteristics, in addition to accurate information about groups at risk for AIDS, in order to dispell misconceptions and fears that hinder the effective prevention of AIDS.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectAIDS (Disease) -- Arizona -- Public opinionen_US
dc.subjectAIDS phobia -- Arizonaen_US
dc.subjectHispanic Americans -- Arizona -- Attitudesen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorIttelson, Williamen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberEstrada, Antonioen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBechtel, Roberten_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMargarita, Kayen_US
dc.identifier.proquest9013173en_US
dc.identifier.oclc703440402en_US
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