Fear of AIDS: are there replicable, invariant questionnaire dimensions?

W.A. Arrindell, M.W. Ross, K.Robert Bridges, W. van Hout, A. Hofman, R. Sanderman

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Explored the dimensional structure of the 38-item Fear of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) Schedule with 684 American students. Principal components analysis with VARIMAX rotation revealed 2 separate but related, internally consistent, and replicable dimensions of AIDS fear. These were (1) fear of AIDS contraction associated with risky sexual behavior, and the fear of the psychological and somatic consequences of having caught the disease; and (2) fear of exposure to the AIDS virus and other associated viruses through interpersonal (not necessarily sexual) contact with members of risk groups and subjection to medical procedures. Both components were shown to be invariant across sex. Further analyses pointed to the possibility of using a general measure of AIDS fear in addition to the subscales. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-115
Number of pages47
JournalAdvances in Behaviour Research and Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1989

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