Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 174–186 | Cite as

Efficacy of the Health Belief Model for Predicting Intention to Pursue Genetic Testing for Colorectal Cancer

  • Amanda Cyr
  • Tim Allen DunnaganEmail author
  • George Haynes
Original Research


This study examined the Health Belief Model’s efficacy to predict intention to undergo genetic testing for the Colorectal Carcinoma (CRC) gene within a rural/frontier setting. Survey data were collected on 558 Southwest Montanan residents. Regression analysis revealed that perceived benefits, including affordability and satisfying curiosity, were the strongest indicators of intention to undergo genetic testing for CRC. Select consumer barriers and cues to action variables were also found to be significant predictors. Collectively the model explained approximately 36% of the variance. These preliminary findings have implications for genetic counselors, health practitioners and health care providers concerned with genetic counseling and addressing the public health issue of CRC.


Colorectal cancer screening Predicting genetic testing Health belief model 



This study was supported in part through a research development grant from the Department of Health and Human Development at Montana State University Bozeman.


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© National Society of Genetic Counselors, Inc. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Amanda Cyr
    • 1
  • Tim Allen Dunnagan
    • 2
    Email author
  • George Haynes
    • 3
  1. 1.Health Management Research CenterUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Health and Human DevelopmentMontana State University-BozemanBozemanUSA
  3. 3.Economics and Agricultural EconomicsMontana State University-BozemanBozemanUSA

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