Cultural and emotional determinants of cervical cancer screening among older Hispanic women

Health Care Women Int. 2017 Dec;38(12):1289-1312. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2017.1364740. Epub 2017 Aug 21.


Older adults are at highest risk of cancer and yet have the lowest rates of cancer screening participation. Older minority adults bear the burden of cancer screening disparities leading to late stage cancer diagnoses. This investigation, utilization data from the 2008 wave of the Health and Retirement study examined the cultural and emotional factors thought to influence cervical cancer screening among older Hispanic women. We utilized logistic regression models to conduct the analyses. Findings indicate that the emotional factors were not significant but the cultural factor, time orientation was a significant predictor for older Hispanics' cervical cancer screening behaviors.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Early Detection of Cancer / psychology
  • Early Detection of Cancer / statistics & numerical data*
  • Emotions*
  • Female
  • Healthcare Disparities / ethnology
  • Hispanic or Latino / psychology*
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / ethnology*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / ethnology
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / prevention & control