This research was undertaken with funding received from the Health Research Board.
Predicting Screening Uptake by First-Degree Relatives of Patients Diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer†
Article first published online: 16 AUG 2012
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 42, Issue 9, pages 2309–2325, September 2012
How to Cite
O'SULLIVAN, B., KEEGAN, O., MCGEE, H., MCLOUGHLIN, R. and O'MORAIN, C. (2012), Predicting Screening Uptake by First-Degree Relatives of Patients Diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42: 2309–2325. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2012.00941.x
- Issue published online: 3 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 16 AUG 2012
Colorectal cancer represents a significant health threat worldwide. First-degree relatives (FDRs) of colorectal cancer patients are at increased risk of developing the disease. There is a need to understand the psychosocial predictors of screening uptake in this group. An extended theory of planned behavior (TPB) that included perceived risk was employed to do this. Telephone interviews were conducted with 110 FDRs. The TPB accounted for up to 51% and between 16% and 25% of the variance in intention and behavior, respectively. Injunctive norm emerged as the strongest predictor of screening intention. Therefore, it is recommended that interventions to maximize screening uptake target this variable in particular.