Religiosity Level and Mammography Performance Among Arab and Jewish Women in Israel

Ronit Pinchas-Mizrachi, Amy Solnica, Nihaya Daoud

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This study compared mammography performance by religiosity level among Arab (weighted n = 103,347) and Jewish women (weighted n = 757,956) in Israel aged 50–74, using data from the 2017 National Social Survey of the Central Bureau of Statistics. In the Survey, women were asked regarding mammogram performance in the 2 years prior. Mammography performance was 78.2% among Jewish women and 64.8% among Arab women. Among Jewish women, self-identifying as “Very religious” and “Somewhat religious” was associated with lower mammography performance compared to being ‘non-religious.’ The association was in the opposite direction among Arab women. When tailoring interventions to increase mammography performance among ethnically diverse groups, planners should consider women’s religiosity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1877-1894
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2021


  • Jewish and Arab women in Israel
  • Mammogram
  • Religiosity level
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Religious studies


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