ERIC Number: EJ1077515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Family/Friend Recommendations and Mammography Intentions: The Roles of Perceived Mammography Norms and Support
Molina, Yamile; Ornelas, India J.; Doty, Sarah L.; Bishop, Sonia; Beresford, Shirley A. A.; Coronado, Gloria D.
Health Education Research, v30 n5 p797-809 Oct 2015
Identifying factors that increase mammography use among Latinas is an important public health priority. Latinas are more likely to report mammography intentions and use, if a family member or friend recommends that they get a mammogram. Little is known about the mechanisms underlying the relationship between social interactions and mammography intentions. Theory suggests that family/friend recommendations increase perceived mammography norms (others believe a woman should obtain a mammogram) and support (others will help her obtain a mammogram), which in turn increase mammography intentions and use. We tested these hypotheses with data from the ¡Fortaleza Latina! study, a randomized controlled trial including 539 Latinas in Washington State. Women whose family/friend recommended they get a mammogram within the last year were more likely to report mammography intentions, norms and support. Perceived mammography norms mediated the relationship between family/friend recommendations and intentions, "Mediated Effect" = 0.38, 95%CI [0.20, 0.61], but not support, "Mediated Effect" = 0.002, 95%CI [-0.07, 0.07]. Our findings suggest perceived mammography norms are a potential mechanism underlying the effect of family/friend recommendations on mammography use among Latinas. Our findings make an important contribution to theory about the associations of social interactions, perceptions and health behaviors.
Descriptors: Hispanic Americans, Females, Health Behavior, Radiology, Clinical Diagnosis, Hypothesis Testing, Intention, Access to Health Care, Use Studies, Information Sources, Family Influence, Social Support Groups, Peer Influence, Interpersonal Relationship, Helping Relationship
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Identifiers - Location: Washington