Factors associated with breast screening attendance: a controlled comparison between attenders and non-attenders in Scotland

Z. Chouliara*, K. G. Power, V. Swanson, F. Johnstone

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The present study aimed to compare a sample of screening mammography attenders with a sample of non-attenders, in terms of knowledge about breast cancer and mammography, health beliefs and personality variables, and identify factors associated with attendance. The sample consisted of 58 women; 29 had attended the National Breast Screening Programme and 29 had declined an invitation to attend. Assessment was made by use of anonymous questionnaire. Significant differences were found between the two groups in use of focusing and venting on emotions as a health-related coping style, knowledge about breast cancer and knowledge about mammography. The most powerful predictor of attendance was knowledge about mammography. Results are discussed predominantly in relation to provision of emotional-related and fact-related information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-90
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Health Promotion and Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


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