The goal of this study was to evaluate the relationship between culture and attitudes about cervical cancer screening among young American Indian women living and working in northeast Oklahoma. A cohort of 199 American Indian women, ages 18-40, were surveyed to determine their blood quantum, self-identification, and beliefs and practices regarding traditional behavior in order to develop a traditional behavior scale (the degree to which an individual maintained traditional tribal ways or behaviors). The use of this scale indicated that the degree of American Indian blood quantum, blood quantum for primary tribe, and self-identification are correlated to the traditional behavior scale. The scale, however, was unable to predict intention to get a Pap test. Results indicate that it is useful to understand the variation of traditional behavior within the specific population group to be served when planning and implementing culturally appropriate interventions for American Indian women. It is also useful to evaluate which segments of the population current programs are reaching.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Health Professions