Date of Award

8-1989

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. R. Wayne Farqua

Second Advisor

Dr. Chris Koronokos

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

AIDS prevention research has established the effectiveness of multiple component group interventions. It has not identified whether the effectiveness is due to the format of the intervention (i.e., rehearsal, feedback, etc.) or its instructional content. This study investigates the impact of instructional content delivered in the inexpensive and readily obtained printed medium. Thirteen gay or bisexual college-aged men received an information pamphlet and an AIDS-related communication skills training booklet. Subjects were evaluated on measures of knowledge, safe and risky behaviors, and communication behaviors in each of three assessment sessions. Visual analyses and repeated measures analyses of variance did not support evidence of change on any measures. Rank order of behaviors at pre- and postintervention demonstrated little change. Implications for future investigations relevant to the printed medium and AIDS prevention behavior change programs are discussed.

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