Cancer Risk Reduction in Mexican American Women: The Role of Acculturation, Education, and Health Risk Factors

H. Balcazar, Felipe Castro, J. L. Krull

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Abstract

This article describes a two-factor schema for the development of culturally appropriate cancer risk reduction interventions for Mexican American women. Regarding this approach, risk factors for two major cancer areas are reviewed: cigarette smoking and obesity/diet. We first describe a schema that facilitates the planning of strategies associated with preferred health interventions and preventive approaches for cancer risk reduction with Mexican American and other Latino/Hispanic persons. This schema examines Acculturation and Education as key factors that should be considered in developing health education messages and interventions that are culturally and educationally appropriate to the identified subpopulations of Hispanics in terms of language and informational content of the message and in terms of psychological factors related to health behavior change. Empirical data from a community sample is presented for the purpose of illustrating the validity of this schema.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-84
Number of pages24
JournalHealth Education & Behavior
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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