Author Note Aiqing Zhang, PhD, professor of the School of Business, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, People's Republic of China; Inna Rivkin, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Responsibility judgments and responses to people living with AIDS in China: testing an attributional perspective
Article first published online: 3 APR 2013
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 43, Issue 5, pages 1029–1039, May 2013
How to Cite
Zhang, A., Rivkin, I. and An, N. (2013), Responsibility judgments and responses to people living with AIDS in China: testing an attributional perspective. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43: 1029–1039. doi: 10.1111/jasp.12066
- Issue published online: 15 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 3 APR 2013
- Central University of Finance and Economics
- National Natural Science Foundation of China. Grant Number: 70771117
With one in five individuals in the world living in China, there is an urgent need for HIV prevention and understanding HIV/AIDS stigma in China. This study applies an attributional analysis to Chinese students' responses to AIDS, examining effects of attributions of causal controllability for HIV infection on reactions to people living with HIV/AIDS. Students (n = 309) read one of two scenarios describing an AIDS patient and manipulating controllability of AIDS onset. Controllability of AIDS onset contributed to responsibility judgments, less positive affect, and lower desires to personally interact with the patient. Responsibility judgments predicted interaction wishes directly and indirectly through positive affect. Results provide support for Weiner's interpersonal attributional model. Implications for responses to AIDS in China are discussed.