The attitudes of church members towards people living with HIV/AIDS in the church

Mudau, Raymond Ndikandafhi (2012-03)

Thesis (MPhil)--Stellenbosch University, 2012

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The aim of the research was to determine the attitudes of church members towards people living with HIV/AIDS at the Centre of Faith Bible Church in Limpopo Province at Ha-radali Village, Thohoyandou. A total of 15 participants from different church departments, age and educational background were interviewed. The research results revealed that the majority of the participants had positive attitudes towards people living with HIV/AIDS. The church members who indicated to have negative attitudes towards people living with HIV/AIDS were those without or with low level of education. The church is very silent when coming to HIV/AIDS issues and there is not enough HIV/AIDS awareness in the church. The church is not disseminating sufficient information on HIV/AIDS and they are not comfortable to talk about HIV/AIDS in the church services. Church members will continue to judge those who are living with HIV/AIDS in the church unless the church starts to talk about HIV/AIDS regularly.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Die doel van hierdie studie was om die houdings te bepaal van kerklidmate van die “Centre of Faith Bible Church in Limpopo Provinsie in Ha-radali Village, Thohoyandou teenoor mense wie met MIV/VIGS leef. Daar is onderhoude gevoer met 15 respondente van verskillende kerkafdelings, ouderdomsgroepe en onderwys-agtergrond. Die resultate toon dat die meerderheid van respondente positiewe houdings ervaar het teenoor mense wie met MIV/VIGS leef. Die lidmate met negatiewe houdings teenoor mense wie met MIV/VIGS leef is die met geen of lae vlakke van onderwys. Die kerk is stil rakende MIV/VIGS kwessies en daar is nie genoeg bewusmaking rakende die kwessie nie. Die kerkleiers is nie gemaklik om oor MIV/VIGS in die kerk te praat nie en tot hul die erns daarvan besef sal die lidmate voortgaan om die wie met MIV/VIGS leef te veroordeel

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