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Racial/Ethnic Differences in Self-Reported Racism and Its Association With Cancer-Related Health Behaviors

Shariff-Marco, S. and Klassen, A. C. and Bowie, J. V. (2010) Racial/Ethnic Differences in Self-Reported Racism and Its Association With Cancer-Related Health Behaviors. American Journal of Public Health, 100 (2). pp. 364-374. ISSN 0090-0036

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: We used population-based survey data to estimate the prevalence of self-reported racism across racial/ethnic groups and to evaluate the association between self-reported racism and cancer-related health behaviors. METHODS: We used cross-sectional data from the 2003 California Health Interview Survey. Questions measured self-reported racism in general and in health care. The cancer risk behaviors we assessed were smoking, binge drinking, not walking, being overweight or obese, and not being up to date with screenings for breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate cancers. Analyses included descriptive analyses and logistic regression. RESULTS: Prevalences of self-reported racism varied between and within aggregate racial/ethnic groups. In adjusted analyses, general racism was associated with smoking, binge drinking, and being overweight or obese; health care racism was associated with not being up to date with screening for prostate cancer. Associations varied across racial/ethnic groups. CONCLUSIONS: Associations between general racism and lifestyle behaviors suggest that racism is a potential stressor that may shape cancer-related health behaviors, and its impact may vary by race/ethnicity.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: self-reported racism, cancer-related health behaviors, racism, race/ethnicity
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Cancer
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors > Stress
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Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2011 20:04
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2011 20:04
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2632

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