267509 Do You Perceive What I Perceive? The Association between Men's Perceived Provision of Social Support and Their Female Partner's Perception of Support Regarding Pap Screening, in Pacific Islander Communities

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 5:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Michele Mouttapa, PhD , Health Science, CSUF, Fullerton, CA
Lola Sablan-Santos , Community Outreach, Guam Communications Network, Long Beach, CA
Sora Park Tanjasiri, DrPH , Department of Health Science, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
Jie W. Weiss, PhD , Department of Health Science, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
Jasmine DeGuzman Lacsamana, MPH , Health Science, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
Angela Lin, CHES, MPHc , Health Science, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
Perci Flores , Health Education Outreach, Guam Communications Network, Long Beach, CA
Peter Flores , Health Eduation Outreach, Guam Communications Network, Long Beach, CA
Lourdes Quitugua , Guam Communications Network, Long Beach, CA
Elenoa Vaikona , Tongan Community Service Center/ Special Service for Groups, Hawthorne, CA
Isi Vunileva , Health Education Outreach, Tongan Community Service Center, Hawthorne, CA
Genesis Lutu , Health Education, Samoan National Nurses Association, Long Beach, CA
Lourdes Tuliau , Health Education Outreach, Samoan National Nurses Association, Carson, CA
Marina Tupua , Health Education Outreach, Samoan National Nurses Association, Carson, CA
Background/Significance: The Pap test is underutilized among Pacific Islanders (PIs); yet they have high rates of cervical cancer. For PI women, support by others is associated with increased Pap screening behaviors. However there is the possibility that in some cases, men strongly believe that they are supporting their partners to receive a Pap test, but the women do not share this same point of view. Objective/Purpose: To determine whether men's perceived provision of social support to PI women regarding Pap screening is significantly associated with women's perceived receipt of such support. Methods: This cross-sectional study will utilize baseline data from a larger intervention study. The study is targeting approximately 520 PI (Chamorro, Samoan and Tongan) women who have not received a Pap test in over 2 years, and their male partners. Males will indicate the extent to which they provide their female partners with emotional, instrumental, informational, and appraisal support to undergo Pap screening. In separate sessions, the female partners of these men will also be assessed on the extent to which they received this support. Results: Descriptive statistics will be presented. Multiple linear regression models will be conducted, controlling for demographic covariates. Women's perceived receipt of social support will be outcome, while men's provision of that type of social support will be the predictor. Discussion/Conclusions: This study will indicate the degree of concordance between PI women's and men's perceptions of social support. Future analyses will evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention to promote Pap testing via increased social support.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Identify the cultural and social influences on PI womenís health behaviors Understand the degree of concordance between PI womenís and menís perceptions of social support Describe the implications regarding evaluation of the larger intervention study on changes in PI womenís social support and Pap testing behaviors

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved with the grant that funds this research. I am conducting the analyses.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.