Exploring the role of gender and risk perceptions in people’s decisions to register as a bone marrow donor

Mclaren, Patrick J., Hyde, Melissa K., & White, Katherine M. (2011) Exploring the role of gender and risk perceptions in people’s decisions to register as a bone marrow donor. Health Education Research, 27(3), pp. 513-522.

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Increasing the number of bone marrow (BM) donors is important to ensure sufficient diversity on BM registries to meet the needs of patients. This study used an experimental approach to test the hypothesis that providing information about the risks of BM donation to allay unsubstantiated fears would reduce male and female participants’ perceptions of risk for donation and joining the Australian BM Donor Registry (ABMDR). Males’ and females’ intentions to register on the ABMDR, their attitudes, norms, and perceived behavioural control (efficacy) in relation to registering were explored also. Participants were allocated randomly to either a risk (exposed to risk information about BM donation) or no risk(not exposed to risk information) condition. In partial support of hypotheses, exposure to risk information did reduce perceived risk for registering on the ABMDR for males only. Participants in the risk condition also demonstrated lower scores on attitude (males only) and intention compared to participants in the no risk condition. These findings highlight the complex role of risk perceptions and gender differences in understanding people’s decisions to join a BM registry.

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ID Code: 47881
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: bone marrow registry, bone marrow donation, risk, gender, decision-making
DOI: 10.1093/her/cyr112
ISSN: 0268-1153
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Oxford University Press
Deposited On: 21 Dec 2011 22:20
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2013 11:49

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