Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Janice A. Maville

Second Advisor

Dr. Bruce K. Wilson

Third Advisor

Dr. Barbara Tucker


A non-experimental design was used to examine the relationship between health attitudes, beliefs, locus of control and the use of breast cancer screening modalities in elderly Hispanic women in this pilot study. Leininger's Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality and the Health Belief Model were the supporting theoretical frameworks. Research was conducted at the Amigos del Valle senior centers in Hidalgo County and included 52 English-speaking elderly Hispanic volunteer participants. Instruments used for data collection were the Health Care Attitudes and Beliefs Scale and the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale. Results of this study revealed that there appears to be a relationship between age and an attitude of fatalism in elderly Hispanic women and the use of breast cancer screenings by elderly Hispanic women. Recommendations for further research regarding cultural congruent care among elderly Hispanic women are given.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American