Fears of aids in Nigerian students: Dimensions of the Fear of Aids Scale (FAIDSS) in West Africa

Adebowale Akande, Michael W. Ross

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Abstract

A study based on a sample of 2500 individuals aged 18 years and over in six west African cities was undertaken for the purpose of determining the cross-cultural consistency and replicability of fears about AIDS. A factor analysis of the data obtained confirmed a similar factor structure to that reported in Australia. Implications for the prevention of HIV transmission in Nigeria and other west African countries is discussed. Our findings showed that the fear of AIDS Scale (FAIDSS) is a reliable index of fear of aids and is readily scaleable. Other implications for health education are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-342
Number of pages4
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1994

Keywords

  • AIDS
  • fear of AIDS Scale
  • health beliefs
  • health education

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