Naming and claiming cancer among African American Women: An application of Problematic Integration Theory

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Abstract

This study examines how a sample of African American women understands the uncertainties fundamental to cancer risk communication. Utilizing data from four focus groups, Problematic Integration (PI) theory is applied as an interpretive lens for illustrating their felt difficulties of talking openly about cancer and breast cancer in everyday life. The women describe worry about cancer and its prevalence among African American women; ambivalence and uncertainty; belief that what is not uncertain is certain and awful; fear and avoidance; contradictions in "claiming" and "rebuking" cancer; and hopefulness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-417
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Applied Communication Research
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Copyright:
Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • African American women
  • Cancer communication
  • Fatalism

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