Perceived Susceptibility to Hiv/Aids: Influence of Traditional Gender Role on Risky Behaviour among Youth
Ali Haruna, Habu Abdurahaman Ago

120 Undergraduate (60 males and 60 females participated in the study, with a mean age of 23.25 years. The Hypergender Ideology Scale, Likelihood to take Risk Scale, HIV Risk taking Behaviour Scale and Perceived Susceptibility to HIV/AIDS scale were used. Findings revealed that participants who had hypergender ideologies were more likely to take risks F(1,119) = 3,296 P < 0.05) and perceived themselves as susceptible to HIV/AIDS F(1,119) = 4.043 P < .047. In addition the view that younger hypergender youth would engage in more risk behaviour and perceived themselves as less susceptible to HIV/AIDS was not supported, F(1,56) = 1.576 P > .215 and f(1,56) = .074 P < .786). The comparism between hypergender males and non-hypergender females was significant on likelihood to take risk F(1,82) = 10.822 P < .001) but not significant for HIV risk taking behaviour and perceived susceptibility to HIV/AIDS F(1,82) = .749 P > 1.040, P > .311) respectively. The implications of these findings were discussed in the light of current literature.

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