The Effect of Prompting Intervals On Breast Self-Examination (BSE) Performance In College Females

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Polymers and High Performance Materials

First Advisor

B. Jo Hailey

Advisor Department

Polymers and High Performance Materials


Evaluated the efficacy of mailed postcard prompts to increase compliance with Breast Self-Examination (BSE). Fifty-four female college students (ages 18-40) attended a BSE workshop and were followed for six months. Subjects were randomly assigned to one of three groups, a monthly prompt group, a group receiving prompts after months two and five, or a no-prompt control group. Prompts were mailed postcard reminders to practice BSE. Dependent variable was whether or not subjects returned BSE cards, given to them at the workshop, to report their practice of BSE each month. Analysis of the results indicated that the return rate for BSE cards was very low, across all groups. No differences were found among the three groups on BSE cards returned for the six month total or for any of the individual months.