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Toward a better understanding of vaccine-hesitant discourse
by Rodriguez, Nathan J., Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2015, 310; 3725108
Abstract (Summary)

Vaccine-preventable diseases have re-emerged as more individuals have strayed from the recommended inoculation schedule. Previous work on vaccine hesitancy is generally limited to content analyses. Using grounded theory, this project examines vaccine debates on a prominent discussion board over a period of five years. Individuals tended to justify opposition or hesitancy toward vaccines through personal experience and/or research, and narrative persuasion and the conflation of expertise help describe the most prominent characteristics of such discourse.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Volek, Thomas W.
Commitee: Barnett, Barbara, Bobkowski, Peter, Halegoua, Germaine, Marsh, Charles
School: University of Kansas
Department: Journalism
School Location: United States -- Kansas
Source: DAI-A 77/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Public health, Rhetoric, Mass communications
Keywords: Autism, Vaccination, Vaccines
Publication Number: 3725108
ISBN: 978-1-339-09036-8
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