Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 649–656

An Intergenerational Approach to Prostate Cancer Education: Findings from a Pilot Project in the Southeastern USA

  • Dawnyea D. Jackson
  • Otis L. Owens
  • Daniela B. Friedman
  • James R. Hebert
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s13187-014-0618-x

Cite this article as:
Jackson, D.D., Owens, O.L., Friedman, D.B. et al. J Canc Educ (2014) 29: 649. doi:10.1007/s13187-014-0618-x

Abstract

African Americans (AA) are more likely to develop and die from cancer than any other racial or ethnic group. This study assessed older and younger/middle-aged African-American (AA) men’s (1) knowledge and attitudes about prostate cancer (PrCA) and PrCA screening, (2) participation in clinical research, and (3) health and cancer-related decision making. Twenty-eight AA men (14 older, mean age 59.8; 14 younger/middle age, mean age 30.4) received a PrCA education program and completed pre/post-education program surveys, as well as qualitative post-education interviews. Younger/middle-aged men were more knowledgeable about PrCA and PrCA screening than older men. Older men reported being invited to participate in a clinical trial more often than younger men but were more likely to report that participation in clinical trials was risky and they did not plan to participate in medical research in the future. Younger/middle-aged men were more willing to participate in a clinical trial in the future and reported fewer barriers to participation in clinical research. There is potential for using intergenerational communication strategies with older/younger AA male dyads in PrCA interventions.

Keywords

Prostate cancer Intergenerational communication Health disparities Cancer education African-American men 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dawnyea D. Jackson
    • 1
  • Otis L. Owens
    • 1
  • Daniela B. Friedman
    • 2
    • 4
  • James R. Hebert
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Health Promotion, Education, and BehaviorUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program and Department of Health Promotion, Education, and BehaviorUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control ProgramUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  4. 4.Arnold School of Public Health, Cancer Prevention and Control ProgramUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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