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Patient Educ Couns. 2007 Aug;67(3):255-60. Epub 2007 May 23.

Preventing without stigmatizing: the complex stakes of information on AIDS.

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Department of Psychology, Laboratory PRIS, University of Rouen, Rue Lavoisier, 76821 Mont Saint Aignan, France. vincent.coppola@etu.univ-rouen.fr

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the impact that the marking of the argumentative orientation and the temporal framing of the HIV incidence can have on the intent to adopt preventive behavior and the attitude towards the fight against AIDS.

METHODS:

We elaborated a text presented as an epidemiological information message about HIV/AIDS in which we varied the marking of the argumentative orientation (high marking versus low marking) and the framing of the HIV infection (yearly estimates versus daily estimates). Subjects were asked to read it carefully and to answer some questions about their preventive intentions and opinions as regards the fight against AIDS.

RESULTS:

The high marking of the argumentative orientation and the daily estimates increase the subject's preventive intentions but also reinforce their support for a coercive management of the epidemiological situation.

CONCLUSION:

These results are discussed within the framework of critical studies on mass media and studies discussing the links between experienced stigmata, stress and psychological distress. Some limitations of our study are also considered.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

This study could be useful for the designers of prevention campaigns aimed at the general public.

PMID:
17524594
DOI:
10.1016/j.pec.2007.03.027
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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