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Measuring AIDS stigmas in people living with HIV/AIDS: the Internalized AIDS-Related Stigma Scale
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Abstract of the Article
AIDS stigmas create significant barriers to HIV prevention, testing, and care and can become internalized by
people living with HIV/AIDS. We developed a psychometric scale to measure internalized AIDS-related stigmas
among people infected with HIV. Items were adapted from a psychometrically sound test of AIDS-related
stigmas in the general population.
Six items reflecting self-defacing beliefs and negative perceptions of people living with HIV/AIDS were responded to dichotomously, Agree/Disagree. Data collected from people living with HIV/AIDS in Cape Town South Africa (n1068), Swaziland (n1090), and Atlanta US (n239) showed that the internalized AIDS Stigma Scale was internally consistent (overall alpha coefficient0.75) and time stable (r0.53). We also found evidence in support of the scale’s convergent, discriminant, and criterion-related validity. The Internalized AIDS-Related Stigma Scale appears reliable and valid and may be useful for research and evaluation with HIV-positive populations across southern African and North American cultures.
Authors of the Article
- Seth C. Kalichmana
- Leickness C. Simbayib
- Allanise Cloeteb
- Phumelele P. Mthembuc
- Ruth N. Mkhontac
- Themba Ginindza
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