• Preadolescents' perceptions of AIDS before and after earvin magic Johnson's announcement
    with C. K. Whalen, B. Henker, R. O'neil, A. Holman, and B. Moore
    Compared sixth graders' AIDS concerns before and after Magic Johnson announced that he tested HIV-positive. Examined perceptions of self other vulnerability using questionnaires and interviews. Also examined AIDS worries mentioned in open-ended interviews. Studies A and B revealed a substantial degree of optimistic bias. Study C showed that AIDS is a prime concern of school-age students, mentioned under free or context-cued conditions by about 50%. There was little detectable effect of the publi…Read more