College students' responses to the HAAQ (human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome awareness questionnaire)

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1993-08-30
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Mason, Suzanne
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AIDS awareness instrument, to determine its validity and test its reliability, and to use it to measure HIV/AIDS awareness of Texas Woman's University undergraduate students. The revised test, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Awareness Questionnaire (HAAQ), was determined to be valid by a panel of experts. Reliability coefficient was .88 using Cronbach's Alpha. Analysis of data obtained from 231 subjects queried as to HIV/AIDS-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors indicated that a "high percentage" of respondents, ranging from 73.5% to 87.2%, answered correctly the knowledge items. Attitudes , varied: they ranged from 67.5% to 93.5% positive responses. Behaviors did not reflect the responses indicated in the knowledge and attitude sections in regard to perceived risk; in some cases, they were in direct contradiction.

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