Payne, Sheila (1990) Lay representations of breast cancer. Psychology and Health, 5 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 0887-0446Full text not available from this repository.
Lay representations of breast cancer were assessed by questionnaire in 268 healthy women. Factor analysis indicates that women's explanations of causes of breast cancer fell into four categories; stress, misconceptions, personal and environmental hazards, and contact. In addition, three types of treatments; dietary, surgical and psychological were identified. Women who regularly perform breast self examination (BSE) endorsed the necessity of surgical and psychological treatments. Women who did not use BSE tended to be older and believed that stress was a causative factor. These findings are discussed with reference to treatment choices and BSE education.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Psychology and Health|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Lay representations ; breast cancer ; breast self examination|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)|
|Departments:||Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research|
|Deposited By:||Mr Richard Ingham|
|Deposited On:||24 Mar 2010 15:31|
|Last Modified:||07 Jan 2015 14:30|
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