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Grant Number: 5R03CA175464-02 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Kue, Jennifer
Organization: Ohio State University
Project Title: Southeast Asian Women's Health Project
Fiscal Year: 2015


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Southeast Asian Women's Health Project Cervical cancer is a major cause of morbidity and mortality among women in the United States, with more than 12,000 new cases and 4,000 deaths each year. Southeast Asians (SEAs) experience the highest cervical cancer incidence of any racial/ethnic group, yet they are screened at remarkably low rates. The most common cervical cancer screening is a Papanicolaou (Pap) test. Familial aspects (e.g., relationship between mothers and daughters), intergenerational conflict (e.g., bicultural straddling), and communication patterns (e.g., what is communicated, manner of communication) about cancer and cancer prevention are factors that potentially play a role in cervical cancer beliefs and Pap test uptake. The purpose of this proposed study is to determine the factors that influence Pap test uptake among SEAs, specifically Cambodian and Lao, mother-daughter dyads. The specific aims are to (1) describe the perceptions of cervical cancer, Pap tests, and cervical cancer screening behaviors among Cambodian and Lao women aged 18-65 and (2) examine, in terms of cervical cancer beliefs and Pap test uptake, the communication patterns among Cambodian and Lao mother-daughter dyads, aged 18-65, within the context of social and cultural factors (i.e., biculturalism, familialism), and how mothes and daughters influence one another. In this exploratory study, we will interview a purposeful sample of Cambodian and Lao women aged 18 to 65 living in Franklin County, Ohio. To examine communication patterns related to cervical cancer knowledge, beliefs, and Pap test uptake, we will conduct focus groups with each of the two ethnic groups (Cambodian and Lao): three focus groups with daughters only and three focus groups with mothers only. Those will inform in-depth interviews to be conducted in an additionally recruited set of mother-daughter dyads. Afterward, we will conduct four additional focus groups with separately recruited mother-daughter dyads from each ethnic group to clarify and validate themes that emerged from previous focus groups and in-depth interviews. This study is innovative with its unique focus on Cambodian and Lao mother-daughter relationships, a key source of social support and influence on health behaviors that may potentially have lasting impact on women across generations. In this study, we will not only define culturally based factors that influence Pap test completion, but also describe them in the context of SEA culture and intergenerational cultural dialogue, allowing future interventions to leverage these beliefs to optimize intervention effect. This study will inform our long-term plan to develop a culturally appropriate, targeted cervical cancer educational intervention for SEA women.


Perceptions of Cervical Cancer and Screening Behavior among Cambodian and Lao Women in the United States: An Exploratory, Mixed-Methods Study.
Authors: Kue J. , Szalacha L.A. , Happ M.B. , Menon U. .
Source: Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 2020; 31(2), p. 889-908.
PMID: 33410814
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Culturally Relevant Human Subjects Protection Training: A Case Study in Community-Engaged Research in the United States.
Authors: Kue J. , Szalacha L.A. , Happ M.B. , Crisp A.L. , Menon U. .
Source: Journal of immigrant and minority health, 2018 Feb; 20(1), p. 107-114.
PMID: 28239756
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Communication Among Southeast Asian Mothers and Daughters About Cervical Cancer Prevention.
Authors: Kue J. , Szalacha L.A. , Rechenberg K. , Nolan T.S. , Menon U. .
Source: Nursing research, 2021 Set/Oct 01; 70(5S Suppl 1), p. S73-S83.
PMID: 34173374
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