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Social distance mediates the association between fear of infection and better-off-dead beliefs about people living with HIV
Huang, Jiasheng1; Shum, Yuen Yee1; Zhang, Jianxin2; Yu, Nancy Xiaonan1
First AuthorHuang, Jiasheng
Correspondent Emailnancy.yu@cityu.edu.hk
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Abstract

Objectives The better-off-dead belief, the idea that death is preferable for people living with human immunodeficiency virus, is a highly devaluing attitude, but little is known about its determinants among the general population. Guided by the instrumental model of stigma, this study examined the contributive roles of fear of infection and social distance to this stigmatizing belief. Methods A total of 304 Chinese university students recruited in Guangzhou and Hong Kong responded to questionnaires assessing the better-off-dead belief, fear of infection and social distance. Structural equation modelling was used to test associations among the variables. Results Fear of infection and social distance were associated with higher levels of the better-off-dead belief. Social distance mediated the association between fear of infection and the better-off-dead belief. Conclusions Fear of infection and social distance are determinants of the better-off-dead belief, with social distance serving as a mediator. This study highlights the importance of addressing fear and avoidance in future public health efforts to reduce the prevalence of the better-off-dead belief.

KeywordBetter-off-dead belief fear of infection HIV social distance stigma China structural equation modelling
2019-12-18
Language英语
DOI10.1177/0300060519890819
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL RESEARCH
ISSN0300-0605
Pages10
Subtypearticle
Indexed BySCI
PublisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
WOS KeywordHIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC ; UNITED-STATES ; SAMPLE-SIZE ; STIGMA ; CHINA ; AIDS ; ATTITUDES ; DISCRIMINATION ; KNOWLEDGE ; CONTACT
WOS Research AreaResearch & Experimental Medicine ; Pharmacology & Pharmacy
WOS SubjectMedicine, Research & Experimental ; Pharmacology & Pharmacy
WOS IDWOS:000503717400001
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/30613
Collection健康与遗传心理学研究室
Corresponding AuthorYu, Nancy Xiaonan
Affiliation1.City Univ Hong Kong, Dept Social & Behav Sci, Hong Kong, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
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Huang, Jiasheng,Shum, Yuen Yee,Zhang, Jianxin,et al. Social distance mediates the association between fear of infection and better-off-dead beliefs about people living with HIV[J]. JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL RESEARCH,2019:10.
APA Huang, Jiasheng,Shum, Yuen Yee,Zhang, Jianxin,&Yu, Nancy Xiaonan.(2019).Social distance mediates the association between fear of infection and better-off-dead beliefs about people living with HIV.JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL RESEARCH,10.
MLA Huang, Jiasheng,et al."Social distance mediates the association between fear of infection and better-off-dead beliefs about people living with HIV".JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL RESEARCH (2019):10.
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