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A primary HIV and AIDS prevention intervention with pre-adolescent girls = Uhlelo oluyisiqalo ekuvikeleni kokungenwa yisandulela ngculazi nengculazi uqobo kumantombazane asakhulayo

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dc.contributor.advisor Ngcobo, H.S.B.
dc.contributor.author Shah, Pretha
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-07T12:58:23Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-07T12:58:23Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.other 316387
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/323
dc.description Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of PhD (Community Psychology), Faculty of Arts, University of Zululand, 2008. en_US
dc.description.abstract HIV and AIDS present a catastrophic public health threat that is reaching crisis proportions among adolescents and young adults. There is a need to educate pre adolescent female learners before they reach puberty, as females are especially at risk of contracting HIV because of the interplay of biological, economic and cultural factors. This study explored the nature and extent of the pre-adolescent female learner's knowledge, attitudes and skills regarding HIV and AIDS. An experimental research design, namely, a no-treatment group design with pre test and posttest was applied. An HIV and AIDS prevention intervention programme was designed and implemented. The objectives were to help learners acquire knowledge, attitudes and skills to make informed decisions and practice health promoting behaviours. Life skills, sex and sexuality education and HIV and AIDS as a gendered epidemic were addressed. The science and art of health education was used to frame the intervention and ensured that the learner not only received the correct message but also incorporated it into her repertoire of behaviour. The findings of the study highlighted five critical areas that were vital within an HIV and AIDS education intervention. Firstly, pre adolescent female learners were very interested in sex and sexuality and information on physiological changes during puberty must be disseminated. The issue of morality was attached to sex and sexuality and this reinforced the biopsychosocial and cultural factors that came into play. The importance of peer education was emphasised, as parents were reticent to address these issues. It was found that basic information on all dimensions of HIV and AIDS education was still a powerful tool. It was vital to incorporate more than the ABC messages and look at the social constructs of health promotion and focus on critical thinking and an education for liberation. A manual with a set of guidelines was formulated and presented to educators for use with preadolescent female learners. This would help reduce the casualties of HIV and AIDS, as early intervention would protect a vulnerable group in society. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Girls--South Africa--Conduct of life en_US
dc.subject Girls--Health and hygiene--South Africa en_US
dc.subject HIV infections--Study and teaching--South Africa en_US
dc.subject HIV Infections--South Africa--Prevention en_US
dc.subject AIDS (Disease)--Study and teaching--South Africa en_US
dc.subject AIDS (Disease)--South Africa--Prevention en_US
dc.title A primary HIV and AIDS prevention intervention with pre-adolescent girls = Uhlelo oluyisiqalo ekuvikeleni kokungenwa yisandulela ngculazi nengculazi uqobo kumantombazane asakhulayo en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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