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Organ donation and culture: A comparison of Asian American and European American beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors.

Author: Alden,-Dana-L; Cheung,-Alan-H-S
Author Background: U Hawaii-Manoa, Coll of Business Administration, Dept of Marketing, Honolulu, HI, US
Date 2/2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Applied-Social-Psychology
Volume/Pages Vol 30(2): 293-314
Subject Matter Asian Americans, Social Environment
Abstract The well-known gap between organ-donor supply and demand in the United States is particularly acute for Asian Americans. Lower participation in organ donation programs by Asian Americans has been hypothesized as one explanation for this observation. This study finds that, relative to European Americans, Asian Americans hold more negative attitudes toward and participate less frequently in a large, urban organ-donor program. The study also hypothesizes and tests possible reasons for subcultural differences in attitudes toward donation. Survey data from 425 Ss (aged 16-60 yrs) were included in the analysis. Two cultural belief constructs hypothesized to more strongly predict Asian American attitudes and behaviors appear to impact both groups equally. Reasons for these results along with public policy implications and future research directions are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)