Jordanian and Palestinian immigrant women's knowledge, affect, cultural attitudes, health habits, and participation in breast cancer screening

Health Care Women Int. 2009 Sep;30(9):768-82. doi: 10.1080/07399330903066111.


Our purpose in this report is to describe relationships among knowledge, affect, attitudes, including cultural beliefs, about breast cancer screening (BCS), and health habits to BCS participation in a convenience sample of 130 immigrant women with Jordanian or Palestinian background living in the Washington DC area. Using our analysis of questionnaires we show correlations among knowledge, affect, utility, general health habits, and participation in BCS consistent with previous research in non-Arab samples. Measures of the relationship of cultural factors to BCS participation need refinement. Future research related to BCS among Jordanian and Palestinian women can build on the results of this study.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Affect
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arabs* / psychology
  • Breast Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • District of Columbia
  • Emigrants and Immigrants* / psychology
  • Fear
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Jordan / ethnology
  • Mass Screening* / psychology
  • Middle Aged
  • Middle East / ethnology