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ERIC Number: EJ804005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
Ring of Silence: African American Women's Experiences Related to Their Breasts and Breast Cancer Screening
Thomas, Eileen
Qualitative Report, v11 n2 p350-373 Jun 2006
The purpose of this study was to explore women's memories and feelings concerning their breasts and breast cancer screening experiences in relation to their current breast cancer screening behaviors. Twelve African American women shared stories that were generated in written narratives and individual interviews. Two core themes emerged from the data analysis: silence and societal contradictions. On further review and interpretation of the core themes, one integrative theme became apparent: Ring of silence. Contradictory messages women receive from society, both voiced and unvoiced, can have a long-term effect on how some women perceive their bodies, and how they value early detection related to breast cancer screening. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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