AIDS-Related Items for Developing an AIDS Questionnaire for Children and Adolescents

Freddy A. Paniagua, Michael O'boyle, Karen Dineen Wagner, Sylvia Z. Ramirez, William D. Holmes, J. Felipe Nieto, Eric M. Smith

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This study presents a pool of AIDS-related items that researchers and clinicians could use to develop self-report AIDS questionnaires for children and adolescents. A total of 352AIDS-related itemsfrom 18AIDSsurvey studies involving children and adolescents, ranging in age from 10 to 21 years, were submitted to content analysis. Unique items with 85% agreement among raters, and items with the higher percentage of agreement (85% or above) among repeated items, were selected. On the basis of these criteria, 164 AIDS-related items were identified AIDS-related items were integrated intofwve mutually exclusive, theoretically defined groups: (a)factual knowledge, (b) misconceptions, (c) attitudes, (d) perceived susceptibility, and (e) perceived self-efficacy. Selection of itemsfrom these groups could lead to the development of a comprehensive and uniform self-report AIDS questionnaire for children and adolescents, and to meaningful comparisons of AIDS surveys by researchers and clinicians using similar items.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-339
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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