Socio-demographic factors as predictors of knowledge of AIDS among the older population

Carolyn Williams Ortiz, Fayetteville State University

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between socio-demographic factors and knowledge of AIDS among older persons over 55. The data for this study was extracted from the 1992 National Health Interview Survey related to AIDS knowledge and attitudes. Age was found to be significantly related to knowledge of AIDS, with persons over 55 displaying less knowledge of AIDS than younger persons. Socio-demographic factors among this age category were also explored. Education was the strongest predictor. Older persons who had higher educations and family incomes were more likely to know more about AIDS. Older women were more likely to know more about AIDS than men. African-Americans as well as persons who lived in the South and Northeast were found more likely to know less about AIDS. ^

Subject Area

Gerontology|Health Sciences, Public Health|Sociology, Demography

Recommended Citation

Carolyn Williams Ortiz, "Socio-demographic factors as predictors of knowledge of AIDS among the older population" (January 1, 2000). ETD Collection for Fayetteville State University. Paper AAI1406425.
http://digitalcommons.uncfsu.edu/dissertations/AAI1406425

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