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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|Advisor:||Volek, Thomas W.|
|Commitee:||Barnett, Barbara, Bobkowski, Peter, Halegoua, Germaine, Marsh, Charles|
|School:||University of Kansas|
|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|
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