Attitudes and Health Beliefs Associated With Breast Cancer Screening Behaviors Among Turkish Women

Gursoy A. A., Mumcu H., Calik K. Y., Bulut H., Nural N., Kahriman İ., ...More

JOURNAL OF TRANSCULTURAL NURSING, no.4, pp.368-375, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1043659611414137
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.368-375
  • Keywords: women's health, Turkish women, breast cancer, early detection, health beliefs, champion health belief model, SELF-EXAMINATION, MAMMOGRAPHY, KNOWLEDGE, MODEL, SAMPLE, SCALE, AREA
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Problem: This research was undertaken to determine the attitudes and health beliefs of a sample of Turkish women about breast self-examination (BSE), clinical breast examination, and mammography. Design: Data were collected by means of a researcher-designed questionnaire and the Champion Health Belief Model Scale. A total of 1,342 women participated in this study. Results: It was found that 10.1% of the women practiced BSE once a month, 19.8% of the women had had a clinical breast examination, and 15.0% had had a mammogram. Age and marital status were significant variables that influenced whether the women used only one or multiple methods for early detection of breast cancer. Participants who had higher levels of confidence for BSE and lower perceptions of barriers to BSE were more likely to perform BSE. Participants who perceived higher levels of confidence to perform BSE were more likely to be using all three early detection methods. Implications for Practice: Interventions and strategies that help women develop confidence in their abilities to perform early breast cancer detection methods are likely to encourage them to engage in regular screening for breast cancer.