The relationship between medical students' locus of control and promotion of breast self-examination.


Journal Article

There is general agreement that medical school curricula should involve the teaching of preventive health behaviours. Locus of control is a personality variable that has been associated with health practices and may be associated with tendencies to promote health practices. Few significant relationships have been found correlating health locus of control beliefs with preventive health behaviours. This study investigated the health locus of control of medical students and their tendencies to talk about and teach breast self-examination to women patients. Women students' health locus of control and breast self-examination practices were also investigated. The authors conclude that health locus of control has little influence on the tendency of medical students to promote breast self-examination. Other factors apparently have more effect on the student doctor's tendencies to promote health practices.

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Cited Authors

  • Smith, IK; Lancaster, CJ; Delbene, VE; Fleming, GA

Published Date

  • March 1, 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 164 - 170

PubMed ID

  • 2319975

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2319975

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1365-2923

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0308-0110

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1365-2923.1990.tb02516.x


  • eng