The author would like to thank the editor and an anonymous reviewer of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology for comments that were helpful in undertaking revision of this paper. Additional information regarding procedures or analyses may be obtained from the author upon request, or may be found, for example, in Page (1995). Two colleagues of the author, upon reading a draft of this paper, suggested that the results might constitute a “research basis” for social action; that is, increased efforts to publicize the reality of verbal acceptance versus private discrimination against persons with AIDS. To date, no efforts of this sort, based on present data, have been undertaken.
Accommodating Persons With AIDS: Acceptance and Rejection in Rental Situations1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 29, Issue 2, pages 261–270, February 1999
How to Cite
Page, S. (1999), Accommodating Persons With AIDS: Acceptance and Rejection in Rental Situations. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29: 261–270. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1999.tb01385.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Effects of a prospective tenant's reference to AIDS upon obtaining community accommodation were examined in a sample of 160 individuals advertising rooms or flats for rent in two Canadian cities, Windsor and London, Ontario, and in Detroit, Michigan. Telephone calls, for half the sample, made simple inquiries as to room or flat availability; for the other half, similar inquiries were made by an individual who was ostensibly a hospitalized person with AIDS, soon to require accommodation. In the latter condition, rooms were significantly more likely to be described as unavailable. Chi-square and odds-ratio calculations showed that in each sample, the probability of rejection for calls including the AIDS reference was considerably greater than for calls not including it. Comparisons are made to similar previous research and to current perspectives about community reactions to stigmatizing conditions.