An investigation into employees' perceptions of HIV/AIDS stigma and their attitudes and behaviour towards HIV positive colleagues

Anthony, Liezl Elona (2011-03-02)

Thesis (MPhil)--University of Stellenbosch, 2011.

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This research study investigated the perceptions of HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination of employees in the Office of the Premier in the Northern Cape. The study made used of a mixed-method approach. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches were used. The quantitative approach entailed a survey and the qualitative approach, focus groups. The findings indicate that stigma and discrimination is prevalent in the workplace. It showed that employees concur that stigma exists and that it results in discriminatory practices. As a result, attention is drawn away from the important issue of HIV/AIDS and emphasis is placed on the negative behavioural aspects that exist within the workplace.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Hierdie navorsingstudie ondersoek die persepsies van MIV/VIGS stigma en diskriminasie van werksnemers in die Kantoor van die Premier in die Noord-Kaap. Die studie het gebruik gemaak van 'n veelvuldige navorsingsmetode. Beide kwantitatiewe en kwalitatiewe metodes is gebruik. Die kwantitatiewe metode was 'n vraelys en die kwalitatiewe metode was 'n fokusgroep. Die resultate dui daarop dat stigma en diskriminasie beduidend is in die werksplek. Dit dui ook aan dat werksnemers erken dat stigma wel bestaan en diskriminasie tot gevolg het. As gevolg daarvan word die aandag afgelei van die belangrike aspek van MIV/VIGS en die fokus word geplaas op die negatiewe gedragsaspekte wat in die werksplek ontstaan.

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