The value of local language in the management of HIV/AIDS in the world of work

Adams, Freda Johanna (2009-03)

Thesis (MPhil (Industrial Psychology. HIV/AIDS Management))--University of Stellenbosch, 2009.


This study aims to investigate the significant role local language plays in the dissemination of life saving HIV/AIDS information in the World of Work in particular and the community at large in general. The objective is to focus on language usage as an impediment to HIV/AIDS prevention, in the event that local language is ignored. In this study a sample of 79 participants from three workplaces within the Cape Metropolitan Area and Wine Land District was accessed. The workplaces include City of Cape Town Municipality, South African Nylon Spinners in Bellville South and Waltons Stationaries Stellenbosch and Somerset-West. The results of the KAP survey, which was conducted for this study, reflect no significant difference between language preference and knowledge as well as attitudes and perceptions. It is strongly recommended that further studies be conducted, in order to determine whether a specific language approach to impart HIV/AIDS information is indeed an impediment for intervention strategies.

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