Scandell, Donald J.; Wiazelek, Brian
March 2002
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2002, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p41
Academic Journal
Recently, Zagumny and Brady (1998) developed a scale to measure the four components of the Health Belief Model as applied to HIV risk-behaviours. The current research examined the discriminant, convergent, and criterion-related validity of the AIDS Health Belief Scale (AHBS). Eighty-six men and 103 women participants were randomly assigned to either interview or selfadministration conditions to complete the following measures: the AHBS, a Sexual Behaviour Questionnaire, the Balanced Inventory of Desirable Responding, and the Condom Attitude ScaleAdolescent version. The current findings resulted in mixed impressions of the psychometric properties and validity for the AHBS. In support of the AHBS, the measure was found to share significant variance with the Condom Attitude Scale-Adolescent version and was not contaminated by social desirability or affected by administration methodology (interview vs. self-administration). On the negative side, analyses indicated generally low levels of inter-item homogeneity on AHBS subscales and that the measure did not predict high-risk sexual behaviour in this college-student sample.


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