HIV/AIDS stigma attitudes among educators in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Chao, Li-Wei and Gow, Jeff and Akintola, Olagoke and Pauly, Mark (2010) HIV/AIDS stigma attitudes among educators in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Journal of School Health, 80 (11). pp. 561-569. ISSN 0022-4391

Abstract

BACKGROUND: One hundred and twenty educators from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, underwent HIV/AIDS training. The educators were surveyed about their attitudes toward people with HIV. METHODS: The educators completed self-administered survey questionnaires both before and after 2 interventions. Measures included demographic characteristics, teachers’ knowledge about HIV/AIDS, self-efficacy in handling HIV/AIDS situations, and attitudes (stigma and otherwise) toward HIV-related issues. The first intervention was a CD-ROM and the second intervention involved educators receiving a 2-day workshop on HIV transmission, risk factors, and actions that educators should know and undertake. The first step entailed testing the stigma instrument for its internal consistency and developing and testing potential subscales from the instrument. The second step entailed testing for the statistical associations between stigma (as measured by the stigma instrument and its subscales) and various demographic and HIV knowledge-related variables. RESULTS: The overall stigma scale had a Cronbach α coefficient of .66. Educators in the workshop generally had lower baseline levels of stigma than those in the CD-ROM intervention. Following both interventions, the stigma levels of both groups of educators were significantly reduced. Improvements in the general knowledge about HIV as a disease and in the specific knowledge about HIV transmission risks were both statistically significantly associated with reductions in stigma attitudes, having controlled for educators’ baseline stigma levels and demographic profiles. CONCLUSIONS: The levels of teachers’ stigma attitudes were statistically significantly lower after both types of HIV/AIDS training and were also statistically significantly associated with improvements in HIV knowledge.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher's copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: Dr Jeffrey Gow
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2011 06:40
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: school psychology; risk behaviors; human sexuality; health educators
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140208 Health Economics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2010.00542.x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/9444

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