Attitudes and stereotypes in lung cancer versus breast cancer

N. Sriram, Jennifer Mills, Edward Lang, Holli K. Dickson, Heidi A. Hamann, Brian A. Nosek, Joan H. Schiller

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Societal perceptions may factor into the high rates of nontreatment in patients with lung cancer. To determine whether bias exists toward lung cancer, a study using the Implicit Association Test method of inferring subconscious attitudes and stereotypes from participant reaction times to visual cues was initiated. Participants were primarily recruited from an online survey panel based on US census data. Explicit attitudes regarding lung and breast cancer were derived from participants' ratings (n = 1778) regarding what they thought patients experienced in terms of guilt, shame, and hope (descriptive statements) and from participants' opinions regarding whether patients ought to experience such feelings (normative statements). Participants' responses to descriptive and normative statements about lung cancer were compared with responses to statements about breast cancer. Analyses of responses revealed that the participants were more likely to agree with negative descriptive and normative statements about lung cancer than breast cancer (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0145715
JournalPLoS One
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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Sriram, N., Mills, J., Lang, E., Dickson, H. K., Hamann, H. A., Nosek, B. A., & Schiller, J. H. (2015). Attitudes and stereotypes in lung cancer versus breast cancer. PLoS One, 10(12), [e0145715].