Term of Award

Summer 1996

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Committee Chair

Donna Hodnicki

Committee Member 1

Anne Scott

Committee Member 2

Carol L. S. Simonson

Committee Member 3

Brenda Talley

Abstract

Preparing nursing students for the challenges of caring for patients who have a communicable disease that is fatal is a challenge for any nursing educator since students have a reasonable fear of contracting a communicable disease. The purpose of this study was to examine beginning nursing students' attitudes and reactions towards persons with AIDS. One hundred sixty-four participants were given one of four vignette scenarios to read that provided information regarding a man who was homosexual or heterosexual and who had AIDS or leukemia. The findings revealed that an inverse relationship existed between prejudice and social interaction and that nursing students held negative and prejudicial attitudes toward the person with AIDS.

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