This study examines the association between knowledge of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and skill among social workers in South Carolina and attitudes toward people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS. A stratified random sampling method was used to obtain a representative sample of social workers in South Carolina. Findings show that AIDS-related knowledge and skill were significantly associated with improving the general attitudes of social workers toward HIV/AIDS clients. In addition to knowledge and skill-related measures, other significant covariates of attitudes include levels of contact with HIV/AIDS clients and sensitivity to minorities. As with previous studies, demographic variables such as age and gender were not found to be significantly related to variations in attitudes toward HIV/AIDS clients. Furthermore, locality of practice and supervisory position did not significantly correlate with attitudes. The implications of these findings for social services agencies are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)