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"They're Scared of It": Intergroup determinants of attitudes towards children with HIV

Greenland, Katy, Maser, Barbara and Prentice, Tracy 2001. "They're Scared of It": Intergroup determinants of attitudes towards children with HIV. Journal of Applied Social Psychology 31 (10) , pp. 2127-2148. 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2001.tb00166.x

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Abstract

The study used an intergroup perspective to explore teachers’ willingness to teach children with HIV within mainstream education. One hundred thirty-eight teachers from 13 high schools across the United Kingdom participated in a survey. The results suggest that previous contact with an individual who was HIV positive (whether an adult or a child) was strongly associated with greater willingness to teach a child with HIV. However, this effect disappeared when intergroup anxiety, positive affect, and positive beliefs were included as covariates. There was little evidence that instrumental variables (i.e., relatively pragmatic concerns about infection) were associated with willingness to teach. Participants who had some contact reported lower fear of contagion from a child with HIV, but there was no evidence that this was associated with overall attitudes. The results are interpreted to suggest that interventions to reduce prejudice should not simply concentrate on improving knowledge about HIV transmission.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
ISSN: 0021-9029
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:49
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3198

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