HIV/AIDS-Anxiety among Adolescent Students in Botswana

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10447-008-9055-z

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Onyewadume, M.A. Int J Adv Counselling (2008) 30: 179. 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.


HIV/AIDS Anxiety Gender differences Counsellor role 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BotswanaGaboroneBotswana

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