HIV/AIDS Stigma and Religiosity among African American Women

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Show simple item record Muturi, Nancy W. An, Soontae 2010-09-13T19:13:04Z 2010-09-13T19:13:04Z 2010-09-13T19:13:04Z
dc.description.abstract African American women are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS compared to other ethnicities, accounting for two-thirds (67%) of all women diagnosed with HIV. Despite their increased risk of HIV infection, few studies have been conducted to understand culture-specific factors leading to their vulnerability. Given the central role of religious organizations in African American communities, this study explored whether and to what extent religiosity plays a role in stigma toward HIV/AIDS. A survey of 205 African American women in two Midwestern cities measured the following key variables: 1) religious stigma of HIV/AIDS, 2) religiosity, 3) personal relevance of HIV/AIDS, 4) knowledge of HIV/AIDS, 5) perceived influence of religion on views of people with HIV/AIDS, and 6) demographics. Results of hierarchical regression showed that after controlling for key factors, religiosity was a significant factor predicting the level of religious stigma (β=-.18, p <.05). Those with high religiosity displayed significantly higher stigma, associating HIV/AIDS with a curse or punishment from God. Verbatim responses to an open-ended question also revealed seemingly ingrained prejudice against HIV/AIDS from a religious perspective. The findings point to the important role of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in addressing HIV/AIDS issues within African American communities. en_US
dc.relation.uri en_US
dc.rights This is an electronic version of an article published in Muturi, Nancy & Sootae An (2010). HIV/AIDS Stigma and Religiosity among African American Women. Journal of Health Communication, 15(4):388-401. Journal of Health Communication is available online at: with the open URL of your article, which would be the following address: en_US
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en_US
dc.subject Stigma en_US
dc.subject Religiosity en_US
dc.subject Faith-based organizations en_US
dc.subject African American en_US
dc.subject Women en_US
dc.subject Spirituality en_US
dc.subject Culture-Specific approach en_US
dc.title HIV/AIDS Stigma and Religiosity among African American Women en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US 2010 en_US
dc.citation.epage 401 en_US
dc.citation.issue 4 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Journal of Health Communication en_US
dc.citation.spage 388 en_US
dc.citation.volume 15 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid nmuturi en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid soontae en_US

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