Talking (or Not) About Family Health History in Families of Latino Young Adults

Rosalie Corona, Vivian Rodríguez, John Quillin, Maria Gyure, Joann N Bodurtha

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Although individuals recognize the importance of knowing their family's health history for their own health, relatively few people (e.g., less than a third in one national survey) collect this type of information. This study examines the rates of family communication about family health history of cancer, and predictors of communication in a sample of English-speaking Latino young adults. A total of 224 Latino young adults completed a survey that included measures on family communication, cultural factors, religious commitment, and cancer worry. We found that few Latino young adults reported collecting information from their families for the purposes of creating a family health history (18%) or sharing information about hereditary cancer risk with family members (16%). In contrast, slightly more than half of the participants reported generally "talking with their mothers about their family's health history of cancer." Logistic regression results indicated that cancer worry (odds ratio [OR] = 2.31; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.08-4.93), being female (OR = 3.12; 95% CI = 1.02-8.08), and being older (OR = 1.33; 95% CI = 1.01-1.76) were associated with increased rates of collecting information from family members. In contrast, orientation to the Latino culture (OR = 2.81; 95% CI = 1.33-5.94) and religious commitment (OR = 1.54; 95% CI = 1.02-2.32) were associated with increased rates of giving cancer information. Results highlight the need for prevention programs to help further general discussions about a family's history of cancer to more specific information related to family health history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-580
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Education and Behavior
Volume40
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2013

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Medical History Taking
Hispanic Americans
Young Adult
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Neoplasms
Communication
Information Dissemination
Latinos
Health
History
Young Adults
Logistic Models
Mothers
Confidence Interval

Keywords

  • cancer
  • communication
  • family health history
  • Latino adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Talking (or Not) About Family Health History in Families of Latino Young Adults. / Corona, Rosalie; Rodríguez, Vivian; Quillin, John; Gyure, Maria; Bodurtha, Joann N.

In: Health Education and Behavior, Vol. 40, No. 5, 10.2013, p. 571-580.

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Corona, Rosalie ; Rodríguez, Vivian ; Quillin, John ; Gyure, Maria ; Bodurtha, Joann N. / Talking (or Not) About Family Health History in Families of Latino Young Adults. In: Health Education and Behavior. 2013 ; Vol. 40, No. 5. pp. 571-580.
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