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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Douglas Matheson

First Committee Member

Gary N. Howells

Second Committee Member

Esther A. Cohen


This study investigated whether an AIDS/safer sex intervention using peer-led presentation and social-cognitive skills suggestions would have a greater effect on increasing safer sex practices among heterosexuals than a similar adult-led presentation without skills suggestions. An additional condition using only printed materials and videos served as a control group. Participants included 18 female and 12 male sexually active undergraduates between the ages of 17 and 24. AIDS knowledge, self-efficacy for safer sex, perceived susceptibility to HIV, and actual safer sex behavior were assessed by premeasures and postmeasures. It was predicted that the scores for all four dependent variables would be higher for subjects in the Peer-Skills Condition than in the other two conditions. ANOVAS run on data from each of the dependent measures revealed no significant group effect or group by trials interaction.



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