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AIDS, the "other plague": a history of AIDS prevention education in Vancouver, 1983-1994

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Title: AIDS, the "other plague": a history of AIDS prevention education in Vancouver, 1983-1994
Author: Marjoribanks , Bruce
Degree Master of Arts - MA
Program Educational Leadership and Policy
Copyright Date: 1996
Subject Keywords AIDS (Disease) - Study and teaching - British Columbia - Vancouver; Safe sex in AIDS prevention - Study and teaching - British Columbia - Vancouver
Abstract: This study describes how AIDS prevention education programs were constructed, delivered, and implemented in Vancouver between 1983 and 1994. Biodeterministic models of disease are examined through a historical analysis of documents that include newsletters, minutes of board meetings, policy reviews, annual reports, and personal journals. This study assumes that AIDS is as much a sociocultural phenomenon as it is biological. The findings suggest that present educational guidelines for AIDS prevention are unable to identify what messages should be communicated and fail to identify to whom they should be conveyed. This study does not recommend the use of biodeterministic models of AIDS prevention education which reflect plague metaphors. Instead, culturally relevant strategies need to be developed throughout all aspects of AIDS prevention curricula.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/4112
Series/Report no. UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]

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