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Title:Narrative interpretation of HIV/AIDS messages: the effects of storytelling prompts among rural university students
Author:Makalela, Leketi
Periodical:Critical Arts: A Journal of Media Studies (ISSN 1992-6049)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:health education
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02560046.2015.1059555
Abstract:This study examined the use of a locally developed storytelling prompt as an alternative medium for HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention messages among rural university students in Limpopo Province, South Africa. An assessment of first-year students' (n=21) response to a storytelling stimulus with local and familiar content shows a high uptake of the content messages in six persuasive narrative mediators: recall, narrative interest, absorption, identification with the main character, intention to commit to at least one health behaviour and self-efficacy. There were statistically significant correlations between narrative interest and recall, as well as between absorption and intention to commit to at least one health behaviour. Within the narrative theory framework, the author argues for differentiated and culturally sensitive strategies and modes on HIV and AIDS communication to broaden the scope of focus to marginal areas where educational entertainment (EE) programmes may be inaccessible and ineffective. Finally, the author discusses opportunities for further research that assess the effectiveness of local stories on a larger scale. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]