Harris, Tina M.; Weiner, Judith; Parrott, Roxanne
March 2005
American Journal of Health Studies;2005, Vol. 20 Issue 1/2, p85
Academic Journal
The purpose of this study was to determine if African Americans have a more negative attitude toward genetic testing and engage in more media behaviors than European Americans. The results reveal no effect for race, thus suggesting a more general approach to the genetic counseling experience. Media use, however, yielded statistically significant findings, such that individuals who regularly read the newspaper and science fiction books possess a more deterministic attitude about genetics and a more positive attitude toward genetic counseling m general. In general, participants held strong positive beliefs regarding genetic testing. Given the AA legacy associated with medical research in the U.S. and associated distrust of the medical system, AA participants 'positive views may denote cautious optimism regarding equity in access to benefits relating to genetic testing. It should also be noted at the same time, however, that AAs differed in their use of many media associated with genetic health information from EAs, including movies, talk shows, crime and drama shows, and science fiction shows. This may suggest that AAs more often rely on such media to bridge gaps in the availability and use of formal health information about these issues.


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