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Ethnicity and health in cervical cancer survivors : understanding vulnerability and resilience

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Ethnicity and health in cervical cancer survivors : understanding vulnerability and resilience

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dc.contributor.author Ortiz, J. Alexis
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-09T22:24:43Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-09T22:24:43Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09-09
dc.date.submitted July 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/11140
dc.description.abstract Health disparities among U.S. Hispanic populations continue to be a significant and costly public health concern. Both vulnerability and resilience factors may play a crucial role in understanding the extent of health disparities in a disease and may lead to better ways for reducing the disparities. The purpose of this study was to examine potential vulnerability and resilience factors that may explain differences in health and functioning between Hispanic (n = 52) and Non-Hispanic White (NHW; n = 135) cervical cancer survivors. New Mexico Tumor Registry participants diagnosed with cervical cancer completed general physical and mental health questionnaires including a measure of depression. Measures of vulnerability, including low income and education, and measures of resiliency, including coping, optimism, social support and spirituality, were also completed. No differences were found between Hispanic and NHW women on the physical health, mental health or depression measures. Hispanic women scored higher in spirituality and coping and lower in education than the NHW women. Income, optimism, and social support were all related to better physical and mental health and less depressive symptoms in the whole sample. Future studies should continue to examine population specific vulnerability and resilience factors in cervical cancer in efforts to better understand health disparities and guide prevention and treatment. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject cervical cancer en_US
dc.subject vulnerability en_US
dc.subject resilience en_US
dc.subject health disparity en_US
dc.subject ethnicity en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Breast--Cancer--Social aspects.
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnicity--Health aspects.
dc.subject.lcsh Hispanic Americans--Health and hygiene.
dc.title Ethnicity and health in cervical cancer survivors : understanding vulnerability and resilience en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Psychology en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Psychology en_US
dc.description.advisor Smith, Bruce
dc.description.committee-member Verney, Steven
dc.description.committee-member Erickson, Sarah


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