Knowledge and Attitudes of Older People about HIV/AIDS in Thailand: A Comparison with Young Adults
PDF Im-em, Wassana, Mark VanLandingham, John E. Knodel, and Chanpen Saengtienchai. 2001. "Knowledge and Attitudes of Older People about HIV/AIDS in Thailand: A Comparison with Young Adults." PSC Research Report No. 01-464. 1 2001. (Also published as Knowledge and Attitudes of Older People about HIV/AIDS in Thailand: A Comparison with Young Adults. Publication No. 257, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Thailand (2001).)
Levels of AIDS related knowledge are widely assumed to be high in Thailand, a country with the probably the most effective response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic to date in the developing world. But efforts to verify these levels are sparse in recent years, and very little attention has ever been paid to AIDS knowledge and attitudes among the Thai older population. Since many Thai older persons (age 50 and over) remain sexually active late in life, and since many more will be involved in interactions with and care taking of young adult persons suffering from AIDS, we explore AIDS knowledge and attitudinal data we collected during 1999 from a sample of 773 older Thais from four provinces and Bangkok. The sample provinces were chosen in part to represent different levels of HIV/AIDS prevalence by Thai standards, ranging from high to low. We compare the results with data from a sample of 398 young adults using the same questionnaire, collected at the same sites, at the same time (total N = 1170). We find, as previous studies have indicated, an overall high level of awareness about AIDS, but identify important deficiencies among both the young adults and especially among the older Thais. Implications of the findings are discussed.
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Im-em, Wassana, Mark VanLandingham, John E. Knodel, and Chanpen Saengtienchai. 2002. "HIV/AIDS- Related Knowledge and Attitudes: A Comparison of Older Persons and Young Adults in Thailand." AIDS Education and Prevention, 14(3): 246-262. Abstract.