Testicular Self-Examination in Young Adult Men
Article first published online: 23 APR 2004
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 34, Issue 3, pages 251–255, September 2002
How to Cite
Wynd, C. A. (2002), Testicular Self-Examination in Young Adult Men. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 34: 251–255. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2002.00251.x
- Issue published online: 23 APR 2004
- Article first published online: 23 APR 2004
- Accepted for publication April 15, 2002.
- Testicular self-examination;
- testicular cancer;
- social support;
- young adult males
Purpose: To describe patterns of testicular self-examination (TSE) in a sample of young adult men and to identify factors distinguishing between men who do and do not practice TSE.
Design: A comparative descriptive design with a convenience sample of 191 adult men aged 18–35 years, recruited from a large industrial complex in the U.S. Midwest. Data were collected during several occupational health fairs held from 1999–2001.
Methods: A self-report, 75-item health risk appraisal (HRA) was administered to identify health-related lifestyle habits. Men who did and did not perform TSE regularly were compared using Mann-Whitney U statistics for discrete variables and t tests for continuous data. Discriminant function analysis was used to identify factors allowing prediction of frequent or infrequent TSE performance.
Findings: Sixty-four percent of 191 participants reported rarely or never performing TSE, and 36% practiced TSE monthly or every few months. Men who infrequently performed TSE were more often African American or Hispanic and had less than a college education. Other significant factors associated with infrequent TSE practice included less satisfaction with current job assignment; less satisfaction with life in general; greater worries interfering with daily life; more serious family problems in dealing with spouse, children, or parents; and reduced availability of people to turn to for support.
Conclusions: Demographic and socioeconomic variables were related to TSE knowledge and performance. Further investigation is required to determine why men, especially ethnic minority men, are not performing this important cancer-screening activity.