Health locus of control and assimilation of cervical cancer information in Deaf women

J Cancer Educ. 2010 Sep;25(3):354-9. doi: 10.1007/s13187-010-0053-6. Epub 2010 Mar 6.


This study assessed the relationship between Deaf women's internal health locus of control (IHLC) and their cervical cancer knowledge acquisition and retention. A blind, randomized trial evaluated Deaf women's (N = 130) baseline cancer knowledge and knowledge gained and retained from an educational intervention, in relation to their IHLC. The Multidimensional Health Locus of Control scales measured baseline IHLC, and a cervical cancer knowledge survey evaluated baseline to post-intervention knowledge change. Women's IHLC did not significantly predict greater cervical cancer knowledge at baseline or over time. IHLC does not appear to be a characteristic that must be considered when creating Deaf women's cancer education programs.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Deafness / complications*
  • Education of Hearing Disabled*
  • Female
  • Health Education
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Middle Aged
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Young Adult