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Scott Emery, MA

PSYCHOLOGY MASTER’S THESIS ABSTRACT
Industrial/Organizational
May 1992

AIDS-related Attitudes in the Workplace

The present study used a two-dimensional (Coercion/Compassion and Pragmatism/Moralism) AIDS-related attitude theory to categorize employee attitudes into one of four attitudinal groups (Compassionate Secularism (CS), Compassionate Moralism (CM), Punitive Moralism (PM), and Indiscriminate Action (IA)) to examine if employees in the same groups had similar demographic profiles.
Results indicated that the CS group was significantly less religious than the CM and PM groups, significantly more knowledgeable regarding AIDS transmission than the PM group, significantly less homophobic, and significantly more willing to work in the same office as a co-worker with AIDS than the other three groups. The PM group was significantly more religious than the CS group, significantly more homophobic, and significantly less willing to work in the same office as a co-worker with AIDS than the other three groups. Implications for organizations’ AIDS education programs are discussed.