breast cancer; communication; environment; uncertainty
Journal of Health Psychology
Recent research indicates environmental factors and personal behaviors are related to breast cancerrisk, but adopting a healthy lifestyle as early as adolescence can serve a protective function. Toinvestigate perceptions of breast cancer risk and the environment, 10 focus groups (N = 91) wereconducted with adolescent females (n = 55) and mothers (n = 36) across four counties in the Midwest,USA. The Uncertainty Management Theory provides a framework for discussing statements, andresults suggest that uncertainty is maintained through ambiguity about environmental risk factorsand breast cancer. Recommendations for prevention messages are presented.
Recommended CitationVolkman, Julie E. and Silk, Kami, "Adolescent Females and Their Mothers" (2008). Communication Journal Articles. Paper 118.