International Journal of
Psychology and Counselling

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Psychol. Couns.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2499
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 213

Full Length Research Paper

Influence of the knowledge of HIV/AIDS on behaviour change among adolescents in Anambra State, Nigeria

  Ada Anyamene1, Chinyelu Nwokolo1*, Ebele Anyachebelu2 and Ifeoma Obum-Okeke2      
  1Department of Guidance and Counselling, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. 2Department of Early Childhood, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.
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  •  Accepted: 06 October 2011
  •  Published: 30 November 2011

Abstract

 

HIV/AIDS prevalence had become a global issue in the whole continent today. The study examined the influence of the knowledge of HIV/AIDS on behaviour change among adolescents in Anambra State, Nigeria. A sample of 960 adolescents were used for the study. Three research questions and two hypotheses guided the study. The study was a descriptive survey on adolescents in Anambra State. The instrument was a 38-item questionnaire which was duly validated by three experts. Findings from the study revealed that the adolescents’ knowledge about HIV/AIDS was high but their behaviour changes were not encouraging. It is therefore recommended that the counsellors should partner with appropriate agencies of government and non-governmental organizations in order to help the adolescents overcome the problem of HIV/AIDS by providing accurate and effective information that will bring a change in their life styles for realistic and appropriate behaviour.

 

Key words: Knowledge, behavioural change, adolescents, HIV/AIDS.