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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


The purpose of this study was to describe health beliefs and knowledge in relationship to Korean American cigarette smoking status. The data for this study came from the Asian American Cancer Control Study conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Asian American Cancer Control Survey examined the cigarette smoking status, demographic variables, cancer knowledge and beliefs, and alcohol use of 263 Korean Americans. The health belief model was the conceptual framework for the study. Chi square analysis indicated a statistically significant relationship between cigarette smoking status and gender, education, spoken English proficiency, years of residency in the United States, and marital status for the total sample. When the data were analyzed separately for males and females, only years of residency was statistically significant for males. Knowledge of the health consequences of smoking and alcohol use was significantly related to smoking status for the total and male samples only.


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