Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The present study examined undergraduates’ attributions (control, responsibility and blame), emotional responses (anger and sympathy) and helping intentions (personal help and support for institutional assistance) towards PLHIV in Singapore. A 2 x 2 between-subjects design using vignettes systematically manipulated HIV onset controllability (high: casual sex / low: unfaithful spouse) and PLHIV gender (male/female). Two hundred fiftythree undergraduates from the National University of Singapore participated in the study. Significant main effects of HIV onset controllability were found for participants’ attributions, emotional responses and support for institutional assistance. A marginally significant main effect of HIV onset controllability was found for participants’ personal helping intentions. A significant main effect of PLHIV gender was found for participants’ sympathy. Participants’ emotional responses mediated the relationship between attributions of control and support for institutional assistance. Participants’ attitudes towards casual sex also moderated their anger and support for institutional assistance towards PLHIV with differing HIV onset conditions. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed
BF1 .M63 v. 22 no. 1 2016
Hong Jie Tan, Colin and Bishop, George D.
"The effects of HIV onset, gender and casual sex attitude on perceptions and reactions towards PLHIV,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 22
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol22/iss1/6