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Disease-Related Stigma: Comparing Predictors of AIDS and Cancer Stigma

By Kathryn Greene Phd and Smita C. Banerjee


ABSTRACT. This study explores the prevalence of AIDS and cancer stigma as influenced by attitude toward homosexuality, religiosity, authoritarianism, and androgyny. This study used a quasi-experimental survey design (N = 485) to examine attitude toward people with AIDS and cancer, and interaction with people with AIDS and cancer. Negative attitudes toward homosexuality, high religious intensity and ideology, high authoritarianism, and low expressive emerged as factors related to more negative attitudes toward people with AIDS and unwillingness to interact with people with AIDS. Attitudes toward people with cancer were generally not related to the variables. Findings explore how to campaign efforts to reduce existing negative attitudes toward AIDS and homosexuality, given that gay men with AIDS are especially stigmatized. Implications and directions for future research are discussed, especially for interventions.[Article copies available for a fee from The Hawort

Topics: stigma, AIDS, HIV, cancer, androgyny, authoritarianism, religiosity
Year: 2009
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