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Gender, Social Ties, and Cancer Screening Among Elderly Persons

McFall, Stephanie L and Davila, Marivel (2008) 'Gender, Social Ties, and Cancer Screening Among Elderly Persons.' Journal of Aging and Health, 20 (8). pp. 997-1011. ISSN 0898-2643

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Abstract

Objective: This study examines the association of social ties and cancer screening. Method: Data from the Longitudinal Study on Aging II include 4,419 respondents (70 to 85) who completed Wave 2. The dependent variable is receipt of screening within the past 2 years, measured at Wave 2. Social network variables include marital status, interaction with friends, relatives, and children, and church attendance. Results: Women were higher on most social tie measures, except marriage, and less likely to have mammography than men were to have prostate cancer screening. Also, the decline of screening with age was greater for women. For women, screening was related to contact with friends, relatives, and children but not marital status or church attendance. For men, screening was higher in the married and church attendees, but contact with friends, relatives, and children was not associated with screening. Discussion: Cancer screening interventions that use interpersonal communication channels should target distinct relationships for older women and men.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender; social support; mass screening; breast neoplasms; prostatic neoplasms
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 08:40
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2013 08:40
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7171

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