Date of Award

1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Department

College of Nursing

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the HIV/AIDS knowledge level and risk behaviors in Hispanic migrant farm workers in west and southwest Michigan. A secondary data analysis was performed to measure HIV/AIDS-related knowledge and risk behaviors. Overall knowledge level and risk behavior scores were developed for further data analysis. A Pearson R Correlation Coefficient was calculated and showed that the relationship between knowledge level and risk behaviors was not statistically significant.

Coefficients were also calculated for age, educational levels, and number of months spent in Michigan first with the knowledge level index, and then with the risk behavior index. There was a weak, negative, relationship found between knowledge level and the age of the respondents (r=-.122, p=.021 ). A weak, positive relationship was found between knowledge level and years of education (r=.31, p=.00). There was a weak, negative relationship between the age of the respondent and years of education completed (r=-.35, p=.00). No significant relationships were identified between risk behaviors and the demographic variables.

The results of this study showed that migrant farm workers had a high level of HIV/AIDS knowledge related to modes of transmission. Risk behavior scores showed high HIV/AIDS risk behaviors of multiple sex partners, alcohol use before sexual relationships, and low condom use.

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