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Use of the Theory of Planned Behavior to Explain HRT Decisions

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Objective: To test the theory of planned behavior (TPB) and other variables to discriminate among women who have made various decisions about hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Method: An anonymous survey was completed by a diverse sample of 641 women employed at a community college. Results: Survey response rate was 64.3%. Results from a discriminant analysis showed that HRT use was most strongly associated with perceived behavioral control and reliance on one's physician as a source of HRT information. Conclusions: The TPB is a useful frame-work for explaining HRT decisions in a period of uncertainty about risks and benefits of the therapy.

Keywords: hormone replacement therapy; theory of planned behavior

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Health and Physical Education, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH. 2: Health Promotion Program, Kent State University, Kent, OH. 3: Counseling and Human Development Services Program, Kent State University, Kent, OH.

Publication date: July 1, 2003

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