Mammography screening and Pacific Islanders: role of cultural and psychosocial factors. Academic Article uri icon


  • There is little information on the associations between cultural and psychosocial factors and not receiving a mammogram by Samoan women.Survey of 809 Samoan women aged 42 years and older.The likelihood of nonreceipt was lower for women who had higher perceptions of severity, agreement with a mammogram's efficacy, higher group norms, higher self-efficacy, and those who placed greater importance on the breast. The likelihood of nonreceipt was higher for women who harbored misconceptions and endorsed culture-specific beliefs.Samoan women need specifically tailored breast cancer education which incorporates cultural and psychosocial factors important for behavior change.

publication date

  • January 1, 2007