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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Gradwell, Lynne
URN etd-02092005-110415
Document Title HIV/AIDS and behaviour change : from awareness to action - a study of students at the Pretoria Technikon
Degree MA (Counselling Psychology)
Department Psychology
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Prof L Jacobs
Keywords
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (Aids)
  • safe sex
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • risky behaviour
  • tertiary student
  • Pretoria Technikon
  • focus groups
  • grounded theory
  • behaviour change
  • prevention programme
Date 2004-02-12
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
HIV/Aids has become a household term in South Africa. Most people are aware of the existence of the disease and how it is transmitted. Several people have used this information as the impetus for behaviour change but there are many individuals who have not heeded this call and have not made any significant changes to their lifestyles. This is reflected in South Africaís high infection rate. It would seem as if, for various reasons, people know how to protect themselves but have not used this knowledge to guard against possible infection.

The purpose of this study is to explore the reasons why people have not changed their behaviour and to identify possible techniques that can be used to amend this situation. This will take the form of an intensive three-day prevention workshop where participants will be asked to think critically about their own behaviour. The aim of the programme will be to discuss, demystify and debate ideas.

How will this programme be designed? The researcher will make use of focus groups consisting of Technikon students who will offer their thoughts and opinions. Once these focus groups have been conducted the researcher will undertake an intensive analysis of the data and identify certain key issues. A literature review will then follow. Therefore, the foundation of this programme will be based on the ideas of the participants, the researcherís ideas and some points from formal behaviour change theories.

The goal of this study is to add to the already growing body of HIV/Aids prevention literature and to design a programme that is useful and relevant.

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