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Health psychology and uptake of preventive health services: A review of 30 years' research on cervical screening

Orbell, Sheina and Sheeran, Paschal (1993) 'Health psychology and uptake of preventive health services: A review of 30 years' research on cervical screening.' Psychology & Health, 8 (6). pp. 417-433. ISSN 0887-0446

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A review of thirty years’ research in cervical screening was conducted to assess the role of social and psychological factors in screening utilisation. The role of age, social class, attitudes towards and beliefs about screening as well as social influence and personality variables are considered. A reanalysis of reasons for non-attendance following an invitation for screening from ten previous studies is presented and the importance of theoretical accounts of service utilisation in this area are assessed. Research findings show significant associations for both demographic and psychological factors though poor operationalisations and statistical analyses in previous research make difficult the assessment of their importance as additive, interactive or mediational variables. The significance of service provision issues in terms of both providers’ behaviour and the flexibility of delivery is highlighted. The need for further research using a theoretical framework which can unify demographic, psychological and service provision variables is identified. © 1993, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2015 18:36
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 06:23

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