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Lay representations of breast cancer.

Payne, Sheila (1990) Lay representations of breast cancer. Psychology and Health, 5 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 1476-8321

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
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
ID Code: 32394
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 24 Mar 2010 15:31
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:09
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/32394

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