Acculturation and familiarity with, attitudes towards and beliefs about genetic testing for cancer risk within Latinas in East Harlem, New York City Journal Article


Authors: Sussner, K. M.; Thompson, H. S.; Valdimarsdottir, H. B.; Redd, W. H.; Jandorf, L.
Article Title: Acculturation and familiarity with, attitudes towards and beliefs about genetic testing for cancer risk within Latinas in East Harlem, New York City
Abstract: Recent research underscores the need for increasing use of genetic testing for cancer risk in Latinos. This study examined the influence of acculturation on attitudes, beliefs about and familiarity with genetic testing for cancer risk in a community-based sample of Latinas in East Harlem, New York City (N=103). Multivariate linear regression models analyzed the relationship of acculturation to: (1) familiarity (2) perceived benefits (3) perceived barriers and (4) concerns about abuses of genetic testing for cancer risk. Controlling for sociodemographic factors, results revealed that with increasing acculturation Latinas were more familiar with genetic testing (β=1.62, SE=0.72, p=0.03), more likely to cite perceived benefits (β=1.67, SE=0.79, p=0.04), and less likely to report perceived barriers related to genetic testing (β=-2.76, SE=1.64, p=0.10). Study results may help inform the development of culturally-appropriate health education outreach materials and programs targeted to increase awareness, knowledge and understanding about genetic testing for cancer risk within Latinas. © 2008 National Society of Genetic Counselors, Inc.
Keywords: adult; middle aged; major clinical study; cancer risk; united states; demography; risk factors; patient education; attitude to health; health care utilization; new york city; multivariate analysis; awareness; genetic screening; patient attitude; socioeconomic factors; genetic testing; cultural factor; comprehension; models, psychological; hispanic; knowledge; acculturation; latinas; health care disparity; hispanic americans
Journal Title: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Volume: 18
Issue: 1
ISSN: 1879-4068
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.  
Date Published: 2009-02-01
Start Page: 60
End Page: 71
Language: English
DOI: 10.1007/s10897-008-9182-z
PUBMED: 18686019
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC2750831
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