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ERIC Number: EJ817030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Predictors of Breast Cancer Screening in Asian and Latina University Students
Regan, Pamela C.; Durvasula, Ramani S.
College Student Journal, v42 n4 p1152-1161 Dec 2008
Preventative screening in the form of clinical breast examinations remains among the best protections against breast cancer. Despite the benefits that regular examinations confer, many women fail to obtain screening tests. Because ethnic minority women are particularly unlikely to undergo regular screening, and experience increased mortality and morbidity as a result, it is imperative that researchers identify the factors that predict screening behavior among these populations of women. The present study examined predictors of breast cancer screening (clinical breast examinations) in a sample of Asian and Latina university students (N = 240). Participants completed a self-report instrument that assessed breast cancer screening and a variety of potential predictors primarily identified from the existing literature. Logistic regression analyses revealed that sexual intercourse experience was the strongest predictor of cancer screening among Latinas, with sexually active women five times more likely to have undergone screening than their sexually inexperienced counterparts. Cancer-related knowledge and perceived barriers to screening also predicted screening behavior among this group of women. Among Asian women, age, sexual intercourse experience, and perceived barriers to cancer screening predicted whether or not women had undergone a clinical breast exam. Interestingly, and contrary to expectation, acculturation did not emerge as a significant predictor of screening behavior in either group. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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