AIDS Knowledge & Attitude Survey

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Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior (KAB)

There were three sets of AIDS knowledge questions in different formats. ; 1) The first set consisted of 11 ‘true/false/do not know’ items assessing knowledge of definition and causation. ; 2) The second set contained 13 questions with a 6-point scale (‘very likely’, ‘likely’, ‘unlikely’, ‘most unlikely’, ‘absolutely unlikely’ and ‘do not know’) querying modes of AIDS virus transmission. For the purpose of data analysis in the current study, the responses were grouped into ‘likely’ (very likely and likely), ‘do not know’ and ‘unlikely’ (unlikely, most unlikely and absolutely unlikely). ; 3) The third set was four questions regarding AIDS symptoms and preventive measures with a 5-point Likert scale ranging from ‘strongly agree’ to ‘strongly disagree’. The responses were combined into three categories: ‘agree’ (strongly agree and agree), ‘uncertain’ and ‘disagree’ (disagree and strongly disagree). ; These 28 items were reorganized into four categories of AIDS knowledge: AIDS definition/symptoms (five items), true transmission modes (five items), false transmission modes (10 items), clinical outcomes (three items) and treatment/prevention (five items). Percent of correct answers was used as a composite score for each of the categories

The main AIDS knowledge and attitudes sections were adapted and compiled from the scales used in the 1992 United States National Health Interview Survey (Schoenborn et al., 1994) and other studies in the US [e.g. (DiClemente et al., 1986; Koopman et al., 1990; Sweat and Levin, 1995)].; Xiaoming Li, Chongde Lin, Zuxin Gao, Bonita Stanton, Ziaoy Fang, Qin Yin, and Ying Wu.

© Oxford University Press 2004.

DiClemente, R.J., Zorn, J., & Temoshok, L. (1986). Adolescents and AIDS: A survey of knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about AIDS in San Francisco. American Journal of Public Health, 76, 1443-1445.

Xiaoming Li, Chongde Lin, Zuxin Gao, Bonita Stanton, Ziaoy Fang, Qin Yin, and Ying Wu (2004). Health Promotion International, Vol. 19. No. 3 © Oxford University Press.