An Investigation of the Determinants of Stigmatization and Prejudice Toward People Living With HIV/AIDS
Article first published online: 9 JUL 2010
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 40, Issue 7, pages 1747–1766, July 2010
How to Cite
Von Collani, G., Grumm, M. and Streicher, K. (2010), An Investigation of the Determinants of Stigmatization and Prejudice Toward People Living With HIV/AIDS. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40: 1747–1766. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2010.00638.x
- Issue published online: 9 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 9 JUL 2010
The components and determinants of HIV/AIDS stigma and prejudice were investigated in an online-questionnaire study. The results show that the components of the attitude toward people with HIV/AIDS consist of social distance, demands for political measures, negative stereotypes, and attribution of responsibility to people living with HIV/AIDS. Besides antigay attitudes and false beliefs about ways of infection, the HIV/AIDS attitude is connected to and depends on social dominance orientation (SDO) and right-wing authoritarianism (RWA). Structural equation modeling indicated that antigay attitudes and false beliefs function as mediator variables for SDO and RWA. Implications of the results are discussed.