What women think: Cancer causal attributions in a diverse sample of women

Vivian M. Rodríguez, Maria E. Gyure, Rosalie Corona, Joann N. Bodurtha, Deborah J. Bowen, John M. Quillin

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Women hold diverse beliefs about cancer etiology, potentially affecting their use of cancer preventive behaviors. Research has primarily focused on cancer causal attributions survivors and participants from non-diverse backgrounds hold. Less is known about attributions held by women with and without a family history of cancer from a diverse community sample. Participants reported factors they believed cause cancer. Open-ended responses were coded and relations between the top causal attributions and key factors were explored. Findings suggest certain socio-cultural factors play a role in the causal attributions women make about cancer, which can, in turn, inform cancer awareness and prevention messages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-65
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015


  • cancer
  • causal attributions
  • causal beliefs
  • family history
  • heredity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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