Attitudes to AIDS: A Comparative Analysis of a New and Negative Stereotype
Walkey, Frank H.
Taylor, Antony J.W.
Green, Dianne E.
Social Science and Medicine. 1990; 30(5): 549-552.
Two propositions about attitudes, which have previously been supported with respect to the mentally ill, were examined with respect to AIDS patients. The first, that people attach a stigma to the AIDS patient, was strongly supported, and two quite independent components of the stigma were found. One of these components identified as dependence, was closely related to the attributes of typical cancer patients and coronary heart patients, while the other, identified as low moral worth, clearly distinguished the AIDS patient from the other two groups of patients. The second proposition, that attitudes to AIDS are not strongly related to age, sex and occupational background, was largely supported. However there was some evidence that males rated AIDS patients lower on moral worth than did females.
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