Kim Dobson Sydnor

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PURPOSE To explore the integration of spirituality into medical care for African-American men coping with prostate cancer. PROCEDURES A total of 14 African-American prostate cancer patients completed a self-administered quantitative survey examining the dimension of spirituality as a resource for coping. FINDINGS A high proportion of survivors reported(More)
African American women in the U.S. have the highest breast cancer mortality though not the highest breast cancer incidence. This high mortality rate has been attributed in part to discrepancies in screening between African American and White women. Although this gap in mammography utilization is closing, little is known about what has been and is driving(More)
Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is an increasingly used approach for conducting research to improve community health. Using Rogers' diffusion of innovations theory as a framework, it follows that future adoption of CBPR will occur if academic and community partners perceive CBPR to have greater relative advantage, compatibility, trialability,(More)
This study examined smoking trajectories between adolescence and adulthood in an African American cohort followed prospectively from first grade to age 32. We classified non-smokers, former smokers, current smokers/late adopters (initiated after age 18), and current smokers/early adopters (initiated before age 17). Results show that almost half of the(More)
The authors surveyed 614 African American university students to determine the magnitude of cigarette use, identify risk factors, and develop models to predict smoking. More than half (58.3%) of the participants had smoked at least once, and 9.3% of that group were lifetime smokers. Among the lifetime smokers, 71.3% had smoked during the 30 days preceding(More)
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) significantly affects minority emerging adults, among whom the rate of new diagnoses is high and health disparities are more pronounced. Importantly, emerging adults today have limited knowledge of the earlier toll of the virus when it was identified as a killer. Among this population, perceptions of risk for HIV are(More)
BACKGROUND The national Head Start Program uses a comprehensive, family-centered approach to foster healthy development for low-income children. Over a 1-year period, a university-local Head Start research team developed and implemented a pilot project to explore the impact of the Head Start's parental support services and other program activities. The(More)
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