Using cognitive dissonance to affect change in African American Christians' attitudes toward those with HIV/AIDS
Robert Charles Smith
Historically the African American (AA) Church has been the vehicle used by AA leaders to care for the spiritual, physical, and social needs of its people. However, in the case of those living with the HIV/AIDS virus, the AA church has failed to live up to its creed and conviction. A 12-week Bible study curriculum utilizing cognitive dissonance was implemented to determine its effect on AA Christians toward those living with HIV/AIDS. Quantitative and qualitative analysis indicated a positive change in participants' understanding and attitude suggesting greater openness to help those with HIV/AIDS.