Intrinsic religiousness as a mediator between fatalism and cancer-specific fear: Clarifying the role of fear in prostate cancer screening - Abstract

Understanding factors that influence screening receptivity may enhance African-American men's receptivity to prostate cancer screening.

Men of African descent (N = 481) between the ages of 40 and 70 were recruited. The hypotheses that Fatalism would be related to Intrinsic Religiousness and Fear, Intrinsic Religiousness would act as a mediator between Fatalism and Fear, and Fatalism as well as Prostate Cancer-Specific Fear would be negatively related to past Prostate-Specific Antigen Testing and Screening Intent were supported. This meditational finding suggests that when religious beliefs are a motivating force, the fear-inducing effects of fatalism are reduced.

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Christman LK, Abernethy AD, Gorsuch RL, Brown A.   Are you the author?
The Christman Group, LLC, Chicago, IL, USA.

Reference: J Relig Health. 2012 Dec 22. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1007/s10943-012-9670-1

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 23263790 Prostate Cancer Section