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Indigenous communication, religion and education as determinants of attitudes towards STIs/HIV/AIDS education in Igando community, Lagos State, Nigeria

James A. Ayangunna, Benedict A. Oyewo

Abstract


The study examined indigenous communication, religion and education as determinants of attitudes towards STIs/HIV/AIDS education in Igando Community Lagos State, Nigeria. A sample of 195 people was randomly selected from the population. The study used four hypotheses to test the respondents’ attitude to the use of indigenous and modern communication approaches to STIs/HIV/AIDS; differences based on literacy level, religion and marital status. The instruments were author constructed questionnaires with 0.713 reliability coefficient and 0.71 construct validity, respectively. The data obtained were analyzed using Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and t-test to determine the difference in variables. The findings of the study revealed that there was no significant difference between modern and indigenous approaches, literacy level, religion and marital status of respondents towards STIs/HIV/AIDS. It was recommended that traditional community leaders, traditional doctors, social workers and religious leaders dwelling in rural communities should lead in the local campaign against STIs/HIV/AIDS at the grassroots level using acceptable contemporary approaches.

Keywords: Indigenous communication, religion, education, STIs/HIV/AIDS, Nigeria




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