Original Articles

An Evaluation of an HIV/AIDS Prevention Program in a Nigerian Setting

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 18, issue 3, 2008, pages: 493–495
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2008.10820227
Author(s): Jude Obinna EzeokanaNnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria, Anthony NnedumNnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria, Azikiwe NnamdiUniversity of Nigeria,, Sylvester Ntomchukwu MaduUniversity of Limpopo,

Abstract

The study examined the success of a group based behavioural intervention with Nigerian youths aimed at reducing the risk of contracting and spreading HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted illness (STI). Participants were 147 youths (males=75, females=72, age range 5 to 24 years). The study explored the influence of motivational factors (self efficacy), attitudinal factors (perceived personal risk), knowledge (instrumental knowledge of AIDS) and behavioural factors (refusal of high-risk behaviour) in predicting condom use amongst youth participating in a group-based HIV prevention intervention. Findings indicated that the intervention program reliably predicted participants' attitudinal dispositions to high risk heterosexual behaviour. Instrumental knowledge of HIV/AIDS, perceived self-efficacy, perceived personal risk of HIV/AIDS and refusal of risk behaviour were significant predictors of condom use.

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