TITLE

HEALTH BELIEFS OF LOW-INCOME HISPANIC WOMEN: A DISPARITY IN MAMMOGRAM USE

AUTHOR(S)
Deavenport, Alexis; Modeste, Naomi; Marshak, Helen Hopp; Neish, Christine
PUB. DATE
June 2010
SOURCE
American Journal of Health Studies;2010, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p92
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A prominent public health disparity is the lack of mammogram screening among low-income Hispanic women. We conducted two focus groups with 12 women to identify health beliefs related to breast cancer and mammogram screening that influenced their screening intentions. Grounded theory and the health belief model (HBM) served as the theoretical bases for analyses. Each woman's medical, reproductive, and family history was used to calculate breast cancer risk. Some women acknowledged the benefits of early detection; however many lacked basic knowledge about breast cancer, breast cancer risk, and mammogram screening. Educational interventions targeting health beliefs are needed among low-income Hispanics.
ACCESSION #
52741650

 

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