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J Appl Soc Psychol. 2000 Feb;30(2):293-314.

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

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Department of Marketing, College of Business Administration, University of Hawaii, Manoa, 2404 Maile Way, C303, Honolulu, HI 96822-2262, USA.


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 test possible reasons for subcultural differences in attitudes toward donation. 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.

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