Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 760–772 | Cite as

Intrinsic Religiousness as a Mediator Between Fatalism and Cancer-Specific Fear: Clarifying the Role of Fear in Prostate Cancer Screening

  • Lisa K. Christman
  • Alexis D. Abernethy
  • Richard L. Gorsuch
  • Allan Brown
Original Paper


Understanding factors that influence screening receptivity may enhance African-American men’s receptivity to prostate cancer screening. Men of African descent (N = 481) between the ages of 40 and 70 were recruited. The hypotheses that Fatalism would be related to Intrinsic Religiousness and Fear, Intrinsic Religiousness would act as a mediator between Fatalism and Fear, and Fatalism as well as Prostate Cancer-Specific Fear would be negatively related to past Prostate-Specific Antigen Testing and Screening Intent were supported. This meditational finding suggests that when religious beliefs are a motivating force, the fear-inducing effects of fatalism are reduced.


Intrinsic religiousness Fatalism Fear Prostate cancer screening African-American men 



This research was supported by the Cancer Research Fund under Interagency Agreement #97-12013 (University of California, Davis contract #98—00924 V) with the Department of Health Services, Cancer Research Program. We appreciate the contributions of the churches, Alex Plummer, Jr., Rev. Bernadette Hickman-Maynard, Gabrielle Taylor, and Larry Seidlitz.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa K. Christman
    • 1
  • Alexis D. Abernethy
    • 2
  • Richard L. Gorsuch
    • 2
  • Allan Brown
    • 3
  1. 1.The Christman Group, LLCChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological SeminaryPasadenaUSA
  3. 3.Patton State HospitalSan BernardinoUSA

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