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Pap smear and mammogram screening in Mexican-American women: the effects of acculturation.
Am J Public Health. 1994 May; 84(5):742-6.AJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

For Mexican Americans, acculturation is a multidimensional process of adopting attitudes, values, and behavior from the non-Hispanic White culture. This study examines the effects of different dimensions of acculturation on the cancer screening behavior of Mexican-American women.

METHODS

Subjects were 450 randomly selected Mexican-American women age 40 years and older living in El Paso, Texas. Personal interviews solicited information on age, income, education, health insurance, Pap smear and mammogram use, and acculturation. Acculturation was measured with five scales that assessed English proficiency, English use, value placed on culture, traditional family attitudes, and social interaction.

RESULTS

The 2-year prevalence of Pap smear and mammogram screening increased with each gain in acculturation on English proficiency and use. These associations disappeared when adjusted for age, income, insurance, and education. After adjusting for sociodemographic factors and other acculturation dimensions, a strong traditional Mexican attitude toward family was positively related to mammography use.

CONCLUSIONS

Taking advantage of the positive influence of Hispanic familism on cancer screening behavior may increase the effectiveness of cancer control interventions in Mexican Americans.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Texas Department of Health, Austin 78756

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

8179042

Citation

Suarez, L. "Pap Smear and Mammogram Screening in Mexican-American Women: the Effects of Acculturation." American Journal of Public Health, vol. 84, no. 5, 1994, pp. 742-6.
Suarez L. Pap smear and mammogram screening in Mexican-American women: the effects of acculturation. Am J Public Health. 1994;84(5):742-6.
Suarez, L. (1994). Pap smear and mammogram screening in Mexican-American women: the effects of acculturation. American Journal of Public Health, 84(5), 742-6.
Suarez L. Pap Smear and Mammogram Screening in Mexican-American Women: the Effects of Acculturation. Am J Public Health. 1994;84(5):742-6. PubMed PMID: 8179042.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Pap smear and mammogram screening in Mexican-American women: the effects of acculturation. A1 - Suarez,L, PY - 1994/5/1/pubmed PY - 1994/5/1/medline PY - 1994/5/1/entrez SP - 742 EP - 6 JF - American journal of public health JO - Am J Public Health VL - 84 IS - 5 N2 - OBJECTIVES: For Mexican Americans, acculturation is a multidimensional process of adopting attitudes, values, and behavior from the non-Hispanic White culture. This study examines the effects of different dimensions of acculturation on the cancer screening behavior of Mexican-American women. METHODS: Subjects were 450 randomly selected Mexican-American women age 40 years and older living in El Paso, Texas. Personal interviews solicited information on age, income, education, health insurance, Pap smear and mammogram use, and acculturation. Acculturation was measured with five scales that assessed English proficiency, English use, value placed on culture, traditional family attitudes, and social interaction. RESULTS: The 2-year prevalence of Pap smear and mammogram screening increased with each gain in acculturation on English proficiency and use. These associations disappeared when adjusted for age, income, insurance, and education. After adjusting for sociodemographic factors and other acculturation dimensions, a strong traditional Mexican attitude toward family was positively related to mammography use. CONCLUSIONS: Taking advantage of the positive influence of Hispanic familism on cancer screening behavior may increase the effectiveness of cancer control interventions in Mexican Americans. SN - 0090-0036 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/8179042/Pap_smear_and_mammogram_screening_in_Mexican_American_women:_the_effects_of_acculturation_ L2 - https://www.ajph.org/doi/10.2105/ajph.84.5.742?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -