Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Jimmy Kijai

Second Advisor

Duane McBride

Third Advisor

Gary Brendel



The purpose of this study was to determine the beliefs and level of knowledge about HIV/AIDS, and sexual behavior of students attending three Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) secondary schools in Ethiopia. This study also examined how certain demographic characteristics were related to the student’s beliefs, knowledge level and sexual behavior.


An adapted version of the AIDS Survey for Students developed by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control was administered during assembly to students of three SDA secondary schools in Ethiopia. One thousand one hundred and forty-four completed the survey. Chi Square was used to test the null hypotheses implied in 19 research questions. Statistical significance was set at 0.05.


A majority of the students have correct knowledge of HIV/AIDS and have positive attitudes towards victims of AIDS. Grade levels, age, and gender were significantly related to a number of beliefs and attitudes about HIV/AIDS. Affiliation with the SDA church as well as length of attendance at SDA schools were also significantly related to some beliefs and attitude items. There is also significant relationships between sexual behavior and communication with parents or other adults about HIV/AIDS.


There is no cure for HIV/AIDS in the foreseeable future. Sex and AIDS education should be developed to encourage responsible sexual behavior

Subject Area

Sexual behavior surveys--Ethiopia; High school students--Ethiopia; AIDS (Disease)|zEthiopia--Education

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.


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