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Concern, perceived risk and attitudes towards HIV/AIDS in Scottish prisons

McKee KJ, Markova I & Power KG (1995) Concern, perceived risk and attitudes towards HIV/AIDS in Scottish prisons. AIDS Care, 7 (2), pp. 159-170.

Four hundred and eighty male prisoners and 500 male staff from 7 Scottish prisons took part in a study assessing perception of risk and attitudes towards HIV/AIDS. Prison staff were found to perceive prison as a higher-risk environment for HIV/AIDS than outside prison, whereas prisoners perceived the opposite. Prisoners perceived less personal risk of HIV/AIDS inside prison than staff. Staff and prisoner concern towards HIV/AIDS was greater than perceived risk of HIV/AIDS, and concern was found to be associated with a number of demographic variables, whereas perceived risk was less influenced by such variables. These findings suggest that the process of risk perception may operate on more than one level. Factor analysis of attitudes towards HIV/AIDS produced four factors for both staff and prisoners: 'Interacting with people with HIV/AIDS'; 'Social control of HIV/ AIDS'; 'HIV/AIDS prevention for high-risk groups'; and 'Response to HIV/AIDS high-risk behaviour'. For both staff and prisoners, greater concern and perceived risk towards HIV/AIDS was associated with a lower tolerance for interacting with people with HIV/AIDS and more support for strict social control measures against people with HIV/AIDS.

AIDS Care: Volume 7, Issue 2

Author(s)McKee, Kevin J; Markova, Ivana; Power, Kevin George
Publication date31/12/1995
Publication date online27/05/2010
PublisherTaylor and Francis
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