Mammography screening and pacific islanders: role of cultural and psychosocial factors

  • Shiraz I. Mishra
  • Roshan Bastani
  • David Huang
  • Path. Luce
  • Claudia R. Baquet


Background. There is little information on the associations between cultural and psychosocial factors and not receiving a mammogram by Samoan women.Methods. Survey of 809 Samoan women aged 42 years and older.Results. The likelihood of nonreceipt waslower 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 washigher for women who harbored misconceptions and endorsed culture-specific beliefs.Conclusions. Samoan women need specifically tailored breast cancer education which incorporates cultural and psychosocial factors important for behavior change.


Breast Cancer Screening Mammography Screening Cervical Cancer Screening National Health Interview Survey Specific Belief 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shiraz I. Mishra
    • 1
    • 3
  • Roshan Bastani
    • 4
  • David Huang
    • 4
  • Path. Luce
    • 5
  • Claudia R. Baquet
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Family and Community MedicineUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimore
  2. 2.Department of MedicineUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimore
  3. 3.Department of Office of Policy and PlanningUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimore
  4. 4.Department of School of Public Health and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centerat the University of CaliforniaLos Angeles
  5. 5.National Office of Samoan AffairsCarson

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