Denial of HIV/AIDS and preventive behaviour among Israeli adolescents

H. Ben-Zur, S. Breznitz, N. Wardi, Y. Berzon

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A national sample of 1082 Israeli adolescents, aged 14-18, was questioned on the following topics: Respondents' sexual habits and HIV/AIDS prevention behaviours, HIV/AIDS-related knowledge and attitudes, and six kinds of HIV/AIDS-related denial. The main results showed that infrequent condom use was associated with a high level of denial, denial of personal relevance and of responsibility being the most salient. These results suggest that denial may constitute a major factor in HIV/AIDS-related risk behaviours, with implications for intervention programmes aimed at adolescents. (C) 2000 The Association for Professionals in Services for Adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-174
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Dr Zvi Ben-Yshai, head of the National Aids Steering Committee, Ministry of Health, Israel, for his support and advice throughout the project, and the Ministry of Health for their financial support.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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