HPV Awareness, Knowledge and Attitudes among Older African-American Women
Watkins, Kellie L.; Reitzel, Lorraine R.; Wetter, David W.; McNeill, Lorna
Objective: To assess correlates of human papillomavirus (HPV) awareness, knowledge, and attitudes among older, church-going African-American women.ﾠMethods: Participants (N = 759), aged 40-80, answered survey questions about HPV awareness, knowledge, and attitudes toward vaccination of adolescent daughters. Associations between participant characteristics and HPV items were assessed using chi-square tests and logistic regression analyses.ﾠResults: Younger age, higher education, a family history of cancer, and less spirituality were each associated with HPV awareness individually, and when considered jointly in a single model (p values <.038). Higher education was related to HPV knowledge (p = .006).ﾠConclusions: African-American women of older age, less education, no family history of cancer, and/or higher spirituality might benefit from targeted church-based HPV educational campaigns.
African-American women; church; HPV