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Type: Thesis
Title: Knowledge and attitudes of Australian women towards cervical cancer screening
Author: Cheung, Sze Yan
Issue Date: 2020
School/Discipline: School of Psychology
Abstract: Objective: To examine the knowledge and views of Australian women concerning recent changes implemented to the National Cervical Screening Program. Methods: 284 female Australians recruited through social media and online forums anonymously completed the online questionnaire, which included questions about demographics, cervical cancer, screening practices, attitudes towards changing practices, and health anxiety. Knowledge of cervical cancer and screening practices was assessed using the Cervical-Cancer-Knowledge-Prevention-64 questionnaire. Health anxiety was assessed using the short version of the Health Anxiety Inventory. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and correlation analyses. Results: Gaps in knowledge of cervical cancer and its screening, and a poor understanding of the new changes were observed. Higher levels of health anxiety were significantly related to having a better understanding of cervical cancer (r=.17, p<0.01), and greater dissatisfaction towards the renewed program (r=.13, p=.01), in particular, a delayed commencement screening age of 25 years (r=.17, p<0.01) and the increased interval between screening (r=.10, p=.05). Conclusion: It is essential to address the dissatisfaction within the general community towards the new changes to encourage regular cervical screening. Practice Implications: Health promotion campaigns should address gaps in knowledge to alleviate fears around screening.
Dissertation Note: Thesis (M.Psych(Health)) -- University of Adelaide, School of Psychology, 2020
Keywords: Masters; Psychology; Health
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