Accession Number : ADA336415

Title :   Obstacles to the Primary and Secondary Prevention of Breast Cancer in African-American Women.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 1 Sep 96-31 Aug 97,

Corporate Author : MEHARRY MEDICAL COLL NASHVILLE TN

Personal Author(s) : Hargreaves, Margaret K.

PDF Url : ADA336415

Report Date : OCT 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 153

Abstract : Study objectives are to develop a quantitative assessment tool to describe barriers to primary and secondary prevention of breast cancer, to use this tool to establish preliminary norms in an urban, southern, African American community and to investigate individual differences in obstacles to behaviors that impede breast cancer prevention. In Phase I, a comprehensive literature review (Appendix A) was used to develop an interview protocol (Appendix B). This semi-structured interview is used to identify and describe barriers to breast cancer prevention. To date, 133 interviews are complete - representing African American women with different levels of education and income. Also, based on the literature review, a coding system (Appendix C) has been developed to systematically describe the explanations women gave on the interviews for why it is hard to make changes in their behaviors. We are analyzing this information and will develop a taxonomy of barriers to breast cancer prevention, and a psychometrically valid assessment instrument. We will use this to survey the obstacles to breast cancer prevention in the Nashville Community and to study individual differences in barriers to the primary and secondary prevention of breast cancer.

Descriptors :   *WOMEN, *PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, *MORBIDITY, *CHANGE DETECTION, *AFRICAN AMERICANS, *BREAST CANCER, METHODOLOGY, EDUCATION, CLINICAL MEDICINE, BARRIERS, BEHAVIOR, AWARENESS, INCOME, INHABITANTS.

Subject Categories : Biology
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE