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Attitudes to cancer and cancer prevention: what do people aged 35–54 years think?

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Keeney, Sinead, McKenna, Hugh, Fleming, Paul and McIlfatrick, Sonja (2010) Attitudes to cancer and cancer prevention: what do people aged 35–54 years think? European Journal of Cancer Care, 19 (6). pp. 769-777. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/122575213/abstract

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2009.01137.x


The aim of this study was to explore the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of people in mid-life towardscancer prevention. The study was undertaken in Northern Ireland between 2003 and 2007. This was a mixedmethods study using a sequential exploratory design. The theoretical framework was the Theory of PlannedBehaviour and the methodology was based on Sutton’s framework. There were three methodological stages inthe study using focus groups, a large cross-sectional survey and a volunteer sample survey. This paper focuseson the findings of the cross-sectional survey relating to the attitudes of people in mid-life towards cancer andcancer prevention. Findings are considered in relation to the respondents’ level of knowledge, age, gender, levelof educational attainment and socio-economic status. Evidence from this study shows that attitudes towardscancer and cancer prevention are associated significantly with level of knowledge about cancer, gender,socio-economic status and level of educational attainment. In conclusion, the evidence from this study showsthat men, those with a lower level of education, those with a lower level of knowledge and those in a lowersocio-economic group were more likely to hold negative attitudes about cancer and cancer prevention

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research
Psychology Research Institute > The Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing
ID Code:6634
Deposited By:Professor Sonja McIlfatrick
Deposited On:29 Jan 2010 15:21
Last Modified:15 Apr 2014 09:13

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