Spousal support and knowledge related to cervical cancer screening: Are Sub-Saharan African immigrant men interested?

Adebola Adegboyega, Mollie Aleshire, Mark Dignan, Jennifer Hatcher

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Abstract

Sub-Saharan African immigrant (SSAI) men have significant influence on the health-seeking behavior including cervical cancer screening uptake by their female partners/wives. We conducted a qualitative descriptive study with 21 SSAI men to explore knowledge, perceptions, and support related to cervical screening. Participants were aged 36 ± 9 years, college educated (88%), and 53% have lived in the U.S. > 5 years. Three themes emerged; inadequate cervical cancer knowledge, willingness and strategies for support, and shared versus autonomous decision making for screening. Social structure with emphasis on male leadership could be leveraged in cervical cancer screening promotion for SSAI women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-681
Number of pages17
JournalHealth care for women international
Volume40
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 3 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)

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