Development and validation of the mental health professionals' attitude towards people living with HIV/AIDS scale (MHP-PLHIV-AS)

AIDS Care. 2020 Jan-Dec;32(sup1):10-18. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2020.1822503.


This study focused on the creation and validation of an instrument to measure mental health professionals' attitudes towards people living with HIV/AIDS. Rasch analyses (Rash, 1960, 1980) provided evidence to support a twodimensional (societal and personal dimensions) measurement of this attitude construct.

Keywords: HIV; Rasch measurement; mental health professionals’ attitudes; multicultural competency.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Discrimination, Psychological
  • HIV Infections / psychology*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Social Stigma*
  • Stereotyping*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*