Cancer knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and practices (KABP) of disadvantaged women in the South Bronx

J Cancer Educ. 2002 Fall;17(3):142-9. doi: 10.1080/08858190209528822.

Abstract

Background: This study assessed cancer knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and practices (KABP) among 1,280 African American and Hispanic women.

Methods: A written self-report KABP survey was administered.

Results: Most women reported using breast self-examination (BSE), clinical breast examination (CBE), and mammography, but only 66% had had Pap tests in the preceding year. Group comparisons revealed significant differences for cancer and disease beliefs between the Black and the Hispanic women. Less knowledge about screening significantly predicted underutilization of Pap testing (OR = 2.71, CI 2.02, 3.63), BSE (OR = 1.63, CI 1.63, 2.13), and CBE (OR = 1.66, CI 1.27, 2.18).

Conclusions: KABP surveys were important in developing cancer interventions.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Americans / statistics & numerical data*
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health / ethnology*
  • Breast Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Breast Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Breast Self-Examination
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / epidemiology
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / prevention & control*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Mass Screening / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • New York City / epidemiology
  • Poverty
  • Probability
  • Risk Assessment
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Urban Population
  • Vaginal Smears