Consensus theory model of AIDS/SIDA beliefs in four Latino populations

Robert T. Trotter, Susan Weller, Roberta D. Baer, Lee M. Pachter, Mark Glazer, Javier E. Garcia De Alba Garcia, Robert E. Klein

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To describe Latino beliefs about AIDS (SIDA), Latino adults were sampled at two U.S. sites (Connecticut and Texas) and two international sites (Mexico and Guatemala). A 125-item questionnaire covered risk factors, symptoms, treatments, and sequellae of AIDS. The cultural consensus model was used to determine the cultural beliefs for each sample. Responses from 161 people indicated that a single set of beliefs was present at each site and that beliefs were shared across sites. Comparison of answers between samples indicated high agreement (p < .0007). The proportion of shared beliefs, however, decreased significantly between samples: .68 in Connecticut, .60 in Texas, .51 in Mexico, and .41 in Guatemala (p < .05). The proportion of positive answers similarly decreased from Connecticut to Guatemala (p < .001). Beliefs were stronger and more detailed in the higher prevalence areas. Furthermore, Latino beliefs tended to converge on biomedical beliefs about the disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)414-426
Number of pages13
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume11
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1999

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Trotter, R. T., Weller, S., Baer, R. D., Pachter, L. M., Glazer, M., Garcia De Alba Garcia, J. E., & Klein, R. E. (1999). Consensus theory model of AIDS/SIDA beliefs in four Latino populations. AIDS Education and Prevention, 11(5), 414-426.

Consensus theory model of AIDS/SIDA beliefs in four Latino populations. / Trotter, Robert T.; Weller, Susan; Baer, Roberta D.; Pachter, Lee M.; Glazer, Mark; Garcia De Alba Garcia, Javier E.; Klein, Robert E.

In: AIDS Education and Prevention, Vol. 11, No. 5, 10.1999, p. 414-426.

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Trotter, RT, Weller, S, Baer, RD, Pachter, LM, Glazer, M, Garcia De Alba Garcia, JE & Klein, RE 1999, 'Consensus theory model of AIDS/SIDA beliefs in four Latino populations', AIDS Education and Prevention, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 414-426.
Trotter RT, Weller S, Baer RD, Pachter LM, Glazer M, Garcia De Alba Garcia JE et al. Consensus theory model of AIDS/SIDA beliefs in four Latino populations. AIDS Education and Prevention. 1999 Oct;11(5):414-426.
Trotter, Robert T. ; Weller, Susan ; Baer, Roberta D. ; Pachter, Lee M. ; Glazer, Mark ; Garcia De Alba Garcia, Javier E. ; Klein, Robert E. / Consensus theory model of AIDS/SIDA beliefs in four Latino populations. In: AIDS Education and Prevention. 1999 ; Vol. 11, No. 5. pp. 414-426.
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