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HIV/AIDS stigma and religiosity among african American women

Title
HIV/AIDS stigma and religiosity among african American women
Authors
Muturi N.An S.
Ewha Authors
안순태
SCOPUS Author ID
안순태scopus
Issue Date
2010
Journal Title
Journal of Health Communication
ISSN
1081-0730JCR Link
Citation
vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 388 - 401
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
African American women are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS compared with other ethnicities, accounting for two-thirds (67%) of all women diagnosed with HIV. Despite their increased risk of HIV infection, few studies have been conducted to understand culture-specific factors leading to their vulnerability. Given the central role of religious organizations in African American communities, this study explored whether and to what extent religiosity plays a role in stigma toward HIV/AIDS. Results of hierarchical regression showed that after controlling for key factors, religiosity was a significant factor predicting the level of religious stigma. Those with high religiosity displayed significantly higher stigma, associating HIV/AIDS with a curse or punishment from God. Verbatim responses to an open-ended question also revealed seemingly ingrained prejudice against HIV/AIDS from a religious perspective. The findings point to the important role of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in addressing HIV/AIDS issues within African American communities. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
DOI
10.1080/10810731003753125
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