J Korean Acad Fundam Nurs.  2008 May;15(2):221-228.

Knowledge, Attitudes and Perceived Vulnerability to AIDS of Medical and Nursing Students

  • 1Department of Nursing, Inje University, Korea. nursmh@inje.ac.kr


PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to identify the knowledge, attitudes and perceived vulnerability to AIDS of medical and nursing students. METHOD: The subject of this study were 324 medical and nursing students in Busan area. Data was analyzed by using descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, Pearson correlation coefficient, and Scheffe's test. RESULT: Total knowledge of AIDS was average. Total attitudes of AIDS was above average. And perceived vulnerability of AIDS was above average. According to the results of analyzing the difference between general characteristics of the subject and AIDS related knowledge, attitudes and perceived vulnerability, a significant difference was present with grade in knowledge score; with sex, grade, department, and health status in attitudes score; with sex, religion, grade, department, education experience to AIDS, and health status in perceived vulnerability to AIDS. There was a significant relationship between attitudes and perceived vulnerability to AIDS.
The research findings show that the educational program for preventing AIDS must take into consideration knowledge and epidemic and non-epidemic aspects of AIDS and preventive attitudes toward AIDS, And, it also proves that it is necessary to devise an AIDS educational program for college students.


AIDS; Knowledge; Attitudes; Perception

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Students, Nursing
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