224715 Religious Social Support and Cancer Prevention and Screening Behaviors in a National Sample of African Americans

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Katrina J. Debnam, MPH, CHES , Public and Community Health, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD
Cheryl L. Holt, PhD , Department of Behavioral and Community Health; School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Eddie Clark, PhD , Department of Psychology, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
David Roth, PhD , School of Public Health/Department of Biostatistics, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
African Americans are more likely to develop and die from cancer than any other racial/ethnic group. Previous research supports an association between religious social support and cancer screening and prevention behaviors, as well as with coping with cancer among African Americans. The present study examined the relationship between religious social support and cancer prevention and screening behaviors in a national sample of African American men and women. A telephone interview assessing fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, adherence to cancer screening recommendations, alcohol, and cigarette use was completed with 1,098 women and 531 men. Linear regression models were utilized to determine whether religious social support predicted cancer prevention and screening behaviors above and beyond the effects of general social support. Findings from this study can be used to develop spirituality-based cancer control interventions that seek to capitalize upon religious social support among African Americans.

Learning Objectives:
Define religious social support and general social support Describe the relationship between religious social support and cancer prevention and screening behaviors among a national sample of African Americans.

Keywords: Cancer Prevention, Religion

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Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am a doctoral student in public and community health.
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