Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Publication Title

The ABNF Journal

Volume

25

Issue

3

Pages

72-79

Publisher Name

Tucker Publications, Inc.

Abstract

Despite formidable barriers, some African American women (AAW) engage in breast cancer screening (BCS) behaviors. Understanding individual characteristics that allow AAW to overcome barriers to BCS is critical to reduce breast cancer mortality among AAW. A salutogenic model of health was used to evaluate the influence of sense of coherence, social support, spirituality and health perception on BCS motivation and behaviors in AAW, and to determine differences in these factors in AAW who participate in free BCS programs compared to AAW who do not. Findings revealed that greater levels of spirituality were significantly associated with greater motivation to practice BCS. Further, women who utilized free BCS programs reported significantly greater rates of both performing and of intent to perform breast self examinations (BSE) in the future, obtaining clinical breast exams and mammograms. Findings can inform the development of culturally specific programs to improve the utilization of BCS programs by AAW.

Identifier

1046-7041

Comments

Author Posting © Tucker Publications, Inc., 2014. This article is posted here for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in The ABNF Journal, Vol. 25, Iss. 3, 2014, http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:bsc:&rft_dat=xri:bsc:ft:iibp:00454093

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