INFLUENCE OF EMOTIONAL LABOUR AND JOB STRESS ON ATTITUDES TOWARDS PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS AMONG YOUTH HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS IN NIGERIA
Human Immunodeficiency Virus Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a significant global epidemic, vast in Africa and Nigeria that should be eradicated by 2030. Discrimination has negative impact on the global attempt to control HIV/AIDS, aggravates global HIV epidemic because despite UNAIDS intervention through nations’ health sectors, People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) still shun free treatment. The health sector is saddled with the responsibilities of treatment of PLWHA through the healthcare professionals. This study examined the emotional labour and job stress of currently serving health care professionals in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Nigeria on their attitudes towards PLWHA. NYSC members comprise of fresh Nigerian graduates of tertiary institutions who are 30years and below on mandatory service to the nation. Participants were chosen through purposive sampling method. A total of 325 participants responded to quantitative study with data collection through structured psychological scales. Appropriate statistical analyses were made utilizing regression method. Both emotional labour and job stress accounted for 24.1% of the total variation in attitude towards PLWHA. The implication of the findings is discussed in line with the eradication of HIV/AIDS and realisation of the agenda of Sustainable Development Goals.
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