Health-Oriented Behaviors: Their Implication in Attending for Breast Cancer Screening
Abstract:Objective: To assess the implication of health-oriented behavior and state of health variables estimated to influence women's participation in a breast cancer screening program. Methods: A sample of 512 participants and 196 nonparticipants was taken from a total of 60,908 women between 45 and 65 years of age. Results: There are significant differences in women's perception of their knowledge of breast cancer, estimated prognosis, and reasons for not performing self-examination. The nonparticipant group reports more health problems. Conclusion: The study assesses the relative contribution of these variables to participation levels, although further empirical testing of all these issues is recommended.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2001-01-01
The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.
The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.
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