Cervical Cancer Screening Practices among University Women

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ObjectiveTo assess predictors of young women's intentions to be screened for cervical cancer.DesignA descriptive, correlational, cross-sectional study using the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB).ParticipantsA total of 904 young women (mean age=20.7 years; SD=1.77) participated in an online cervical cancer screening survey.MethodA web-based survey (WebCT) was used to survey young women, 25 years of age or less, attending a university in eastern Canada. Descriptive, correlational, and logistic regression statistics were calculated.ResultsFindings indicated that social norms (perceptions about whether or not people close to them think Pap screening is important) and perceived behavioral control (perceptions about personal resources or barriers to receiving a Pap test) were significantly related to young women's intentions to be screened.ConclusionStrategies to promote cervical cancer screening among young university women need to recognize the impact of social norms and perceived barriers on Pap screening intentions in this population.

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