Background: In a low socioeconomicstatus population of Latina women, we evaluated the potential of storytelling (ST) as a culturally aligned narrative method to promote colorectal cancer (CRC) prevention and screening, compared to a risk tool (RT)-based intervention. Methods: Seventy-eight women were randomized in this pilot study to one of two brief interventions to communicate CRC risk reduction options: ST or an MT Measures of behavioral intentions relative to CRC prevention and screening were obtained following the intervention. Results: Mean scores for intent to obtain and recommend endoscopy to others were significantly belter for participants receiving ST than RT (P = .038 and P = .011, respectively). All participants expressed intent to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity in response to interventions. Post-intervention perceptions of cancer risk and fear of CRC were not significantly different for participants receiving ST compared with RT. Pre- to post-intervention perceptions of risk increased in ST and decreased in RT. while decreases in fear were similar across both intervention groups. Conclusions: Storytelling may be an effective approach for changing CRC risk-related behavioral intentions among Latinos. Mediating factors (such as perceived risk or fear) often used to predict behavior change may not adequately explain the potential persuasive mechanisms of storytelling.
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