The role of social-cognitive and emotional factors on testicular self-examination

Shepherd, Lee, Watt, Callum and Lovell, Brian (2017) The role of social-cognitive and emotional factors on testicular self-examination. Psycho-Oncology, 26 (1). pp. 53-59. ISSN 1057-9249

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Objective - This study determined the role of social–cognitive and affective factors in promoting testicular self-examination.

Methods - Male participants (N = 115) rated their perceptions of testicular cancer, social–cognitive variables (attitude, subjective norm, and perceived control), and their emotions towards testicular cancer (anxiety and shame) and testicular self-examination (anticipated regret and relief). Participants also stated whether or not they had performed a testicular self-examination within the last month.

Results - Perceived control and anticipated relief positively predicted testicular self-examination within the last month. Both these factors also positively predicted the intention to self-examine in the future. Intention was also positively predicted by attitude and negatively predicted by shame.

Conclusions - These results highlight the importance of social–cognitive and emotional factors in promoting health screening. Targeting these factors might improve the effectiveness of testicular self-examination interventions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cancer, oncology, testicular self-examination, screening, emotions
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Lee Shepherd
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2016 09:59
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 06:34

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