The descriptive method of research was employed in developing this study to assess women's health beliefs about breast cancer and self-examination. The sample consisted of 50 women from rural Northeast Mississippi. Age, occupation, educational level and number of years that they had lived in the area varied. It was hypothesized that (1) when health beliefs of women were compared to the actual practice of breast self-examination, (2) when knowledge was compared to the actual practice of breast self-examination, and (3) when health beliefs were compared to knowledge, there would be no significant correlation. To test these hypotheses a questionnaire developed by Stillman (1977) was administered to the sample. The t test was used to determine correlation for Hypotheses I and II and the point biserial correlation method was used to test Hypothesis III. In all cases the researcher rejected the hypotheses as stated because the analysis of the data revealed significant correlations.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Graduate Nursing

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First Advisor

Nancy Herban

Second Advisor

Dr. Phyllis Werner

Third Advisor

Mary Pat Curtis

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Nursing Commons