Diane M. Reddy

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CONTEXT Mandatory parental notification for adolescents to obtain prescribed contraceptives is a controversial issue. Recently, legislation that would prohibit prescribed contraceptives for adolescents without parental involvement was introduced in 10 states and the US Congress. OBJECTIVE To determine the effect of mandatory parental notification for(More)
Women at high risk for breast cancer were compared to low risk women with respect to frequency of breast self-examination (BSE), knowledge and quality of BSE, and attitudinal variables. The women at high risk did not practice BSE more frequently than women at low risk, although they were more knowledgeable about BSE, more focused on breast cancer, and less(More)
BACKGROUND The present study examined potential predictors of parents' willingness to vaccinate their children for human papillomavirus (HPV) and physicians' intentions to encourage parents to vaccinate their children, now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a highly effective vaccine. METHODS Parents (n=100) and physicians(More)
Sexual abuse, particularly childhood sexual abuse, has been linked to chronic pelvic pain and to sexual dysfunction, though the sexual functioning of survivors of sexual abuse has not been studied in a chronic pain population. Sixty-three women with chronic pelvic pain completed measures of sexual function, sexual abuse, and pain. Using an index of the(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify behaviors that indicate anxiety during a gynecologic examination. STUDY DESIGN Five hundred twenty-two women visiting a private obstetrician/gynecologist's office completed the A-State scale of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory and specific questions about their first pelvic examination and experiences with health practitioners(More)
Many studies have documented associations between sexual functioning, depression, experiences of childhood sexual abuse, relationship support, and chronic pelvic pain, but none have addressed the interrelationships among all of these variables in a unified model. The aim of this preliminary study was to construct an integrative model predicting sexual(More)
The aim of this research was to elucidate potential barriers and facilitators to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in Malawi, a sub-Saharan country. In Malawi, approximately 31 out of every 100,000 women develop cervical cancer annually, and 80% of those affected die from this malignancy. HPV vaccination may provide a feasible strategy for cervical(More)
Researchers posit that cervical cancer knowledge is central to participation in prevention behaviors. However, of the many barriers to cervical cancer prevention in low- and middle-income countries, cervical cancer knowledge remains severely limited among communities at great risk for the disease. Malawi is one such country where the burden of cervical(More)
Seventy-three women attending a health fair completed a questionnaire that measured demographic and health history variables, knowledge, and current practice of breast self-examination (BSE), Multidimensional Health Locus of Control (MHLC; Wallston, Wallston, & DeVellis, 1978), and components of the Health Belief Model (HBM; Rosenstock, 1974) in relation to(More)