Breast cancer screening beliefs among older Korean American women

J Gerontol Nurs. 2009 Sep;35(9):40-50. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20090731-09.

Abstract

Korean American women's breast cancer screening rates are low, and the rates among older Korean American women are even lower.This article describes health beliefs related to older Korean American women's screening behaviors, comparing them to beliefs of younger Korean American women. The 73 women age 65 and older had significantly dif-ferent health beliefs than the 114 women between ages 40 and 64. Further, older women's perceptions of the seriousness of the disease and benefits of and barriers to taking action to prevent the disease predated their screening behaviors. Interventions to change the health beliefs of older Korean American women are suggested.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Asian Americans / education
  • Asian Americans / ethnology*
  • Asian Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Attitude to Health / ethnology*
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Behavior / ethnology
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Illinois
  • Insurance, Health / statistics & numerical data
  • Korea / ethnology
  • Logistic Models
  • Mammography / psychology
  • Mammography / statistics & numerical data
  • Mass Screening / psychology*
  • Mass Screening / statistics & numerical data
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Women / education
  • Women / psychology*