The effects of information about AIDS risk and self-efficacy on women's intentions to engage in AIDS preventive behavior

Marco C. Yzer, Jeffrey D. Fisher, Arnold B. Bakker, Frans W. Siero, Stephen J. Misovich

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Abstract

Female college students' perceived vulnerability to AIDS and their perceived self-efficacy regarding AIDS preventive behavior (APB), were manipulated in a 2 × 2 design. Consistent with protection motivation theory (e.g., Rogers, 1983), the results showed that intention to engage in APB was highest among subjects who received information that their risk of getting infected with HIV was high, and who experienced relatively high feelings of self-efficacy. These subjects also seemed least likely to engage in denial of their AIDS risk. The implications of these findings for AIDS education programs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1837-1852
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume28
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 16 1998

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