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Mammography screening and Pacific Islanders: role of cultural and psychosocial factors

TitleMammography screening and Pacific Islanders: role of cultural and psychosocial factors
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsMishra, SI, Bastani, R, Huang, D, Luce, PH, Baquet, CR
JournalJ Cancer EducJ Cancer Educ
Volume22
Pagination32-6
Date PublishedSpring
ISBN Number0885-8195 (Print)<br/>0885-8195 (Linking)
Accession Number17570806
KeywordsAdult, Attitude to Health, Breast Neoplasms/ethnology/ psychology/radiography, Cultural Characteristics, Female, Humans, Mammography/ utilization, Mass Screening, Middle Aged, Samoa/ethnology
AbstractBACKGROUND: There is little information on the associations between cultural and psychosocial factors and not receiving a mammogram by Samoan women. METHODS: Survey of 809 Samoan women aged 42 years and older. RESULTS: The likelihood of nonreceipt was lower for women who had higher perceptions of severity, agreement with a mammogram's efficacy, higher group norms, higher self-efficacy, and those who placed greater importance on the breast. The likelihood of nonreceipt was higher for women who harbored misconceptions and endorsed culture-specific beliefs. CONCLUSIONS: Samoan women need specifically tailored breast cancer education which incorporates cultural and psychosocial factors important for behavior change.