HIV/AIDS-Anxiety among Adolescent Students in Botswana

International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 08/2008; 30(3):179-188. DOI: 10.1007/s10447-008-9055-z


This research investigated the incidence of HIV/AIDS anxiety among students in Botswana. The sample comprised 240 randomly
selected students from six schools in three districts in Botswana, with data collected via a questionnaire. Percentages and
Chi-square were used to analyze the extent to which the students were anxious about HIV/AIDS and if there was a significant
gender difference in this regard. Findings showed that the students were anxious on several fronts about HIV/AIDS; specifically
that they and their relations might contract the virus and that they might lose family members. There was gender difference
in terms of anxiety about the possibility that relations might become infected. The role of the counsellor in reducing HIV/AIDS
anxiety among students in communities living with HIV/AIDS is discussed.

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