Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Kelly S. Brown

Second Advisor

Jeffrey S. Williamson

Third Advisor

Houston Thompson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Community Application


The lower incidence rate of breast cancer in African American women is dwarfed by the excessive number of deaths due to late diagnosis and treatment. Lack of screening, socioeconomic factors, fatalistic beliefs and inequality of care are major contributing factors. Studies have suggested that those who had more knowledge about breast cancer are more likely to have reduced fatalistic attitudes and engage in screening behaviors. This study investigated beauty salons as sustainable and viable venues to reach women with health intervention programs because they fit the prescriptions of the principles of adult learning. In a mixed-method, descriptive study involving 115 salon owners, the study concluded that salon owners are moderately interested in integrating breast cancer education in their salon operations.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2013 for Olivet Nazarene University.