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Intergenerational family communication about mammography: young women's perceptions, intentions and experiences

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Abstract


  • Early detection of breast cancer through regular mammograms is crucial to reducing the mortality rate, yet almost 50% of target women (aged 50-69

    years) fail to have regular mammograms. Young women aged 18-39 years (N = 60) participated in a two-stage study that explored family

    communication as a vehicle for mammography promotion to target women.Intention to initiate such a conversation was measured and predicted using the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) framework.The TPB variables together produced a model that predicted behavioural performance, with

    intention being the only independent predictor.Young womens anticipatory perceptions and actual experiences of initiating a conversation

    about mammography were also explored qualitatively. Barriers included a sense of being illinformed, and a desire to avoid awkwardness and

    worry.Perceived advantages included a more supportive and open relationship with the female relative, learning more about mammography from an experienced female, and prompting a family member to consider regular mammography a health priority.Intergenerational family communication appears to be a viable vehicle for mammography

    promotion.

UOW Authors


  •   Browne, J L. (external author)
  •   Chan, Amy

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Browne, J. L. & Chan, A. YC. (2007). Intergenerational family communication about mammography: young women''s perceptions, intentions and experiences. In K. H. Moore (Eds.), Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference (pp. 42-46). Melbourne, VIC: Australian Psychological Society Ltd.

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Abstract


  • Early detection of breast cancer through regular mammograms is crucial to reducing the mortality rate, yet almost 50% of target women (aged 50-69

    years) fail to have regular mammograms. Young women aged 18-39 years (N = 60) participated in a two-stage study that explored family

    communication as a vehicle for mammography promotion to target women.Intention to initiate such a conversation was measured and predicted using the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) framework.The TPB variables together produced a model that predicted behavioural performance, with

    intention being the only independent predictor.Young womens anticipatory perceptions and actual experiences of initiating a conversation

    about mammography were also explored qualitatively. Barriers included a sense of being illinformed, and a desire to avoid awkwardness and

    worry.Perceived advantages included a more supportive and open relationship with the female relative, learning more about mammography from an experienced female, and prompting a family member to consider regular mammography a health priority.Intergenerational family communication appears to be a viable vehicle for mammography

    promotion.

UOW Authors


  •   Browne, J L. (external author)
  •   Chan, Amy

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Browne, J. L. & Chan, A. YC. (2007). Intergenerational family communication about mammography: young women''s perceptions, intentions and experiences. In K. H. Moore (Eds.), Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference (pp. 42-46). Melbourne, VIC: Australian Psychological Society Ltd.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3188&context=hbspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/2135

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  • 42

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  • 46