Abstract

Discrepancies in breast cancer screening behavior exist among various ethnic groups in the United States (Jacobs & Lauderdale, 2001), with Latino American women reporting particularly low screening rates in comparison to Anglo American women (ACS, 2002). Research indicates that behavior is in part influenced by aspects of culture and relevant psychological processes (Betancourt & Lopez, 1993; Betancourt & Fuentes, 2001). This study was designed to investigate the relations among cultural values, attributional processes, and breast cancer screening behavior among Anglo and Latino women. This study also investigated the influence of acculturation among Latino women in relation to the other study variables. The Value Orientation Scale (Betancourt & McMillin- Williams, 2003), the Revised Causal Dimension Scale (McAuley, Duncan, & Russel, 1992), the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System Questionnaire (CDC, 1997), and Stephenson's Multigroup Acculturation Scale (Stephenson, 2001) were used for the study. Bentler's (1995) analysis of structural equations (EQS) program was used to test a model of the relations among culture, attributions, and breast cancer screening behaviors resulting in a good fit of the data. Level of acculturation had little effect on the study variables.

LLU Discipline

Psychology

Department

Psychology

School

Graduate School

First Advisor

Hector Betancourt

Second Advisor

Michael Galbraith

Third Advisor

Kelly R. Morton

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Degree Level

M.A.

Year Degree Awarded

2004

Date (Title Page)

9-2004

Language

English

Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings

Breast Neoplasms; Women's Health; Socioeconomic Factors; Life Style; Health Promotion

Type

Thesis

Page Count

ix; 69

Digital Format

PDF

Digital Publisher

Loma Linda University Libraries

Usage Rights

This title appears here courtesy of the author, who has granted Loma Linda University a limited, non-exclusive right to make this publication available to the public. The author retains all other copyrights.

Collection

Loma Linda University Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Collection Website

http://scholarsrepository.llu.edu/etd/

Repository

Loma Linda University. Del E. Webb Memorial Library. University Archives

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