Original Articles

Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding HIV/AIDS among Adolescents in a Rural Secondary School in the Eastern Cape

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 18, issue 3, 2008 , pages: 479–483
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2008.10820224
Author(s): Montseng KwiliUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Almon ShumbaUniversity of Fort Hare, South Africa


This study examined knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding HIV/AIDS among adolescents at a rural secondary school in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Participants comprised of 120 Grade 7 to 9 learners (males =46; females =74; age range 12 to 19 years). A self—report survey was used to gather the data in this study. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics. The findings reveal that there was inadequate general knowledge about HIV and AIDS, its transmission and prevention amongst the group of rural learners in this study. In addition, there are various misconceptions and gaps in learner knowledge. HIV prevention interventions in this rural context may not be having high impact on the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of learners.

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