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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors associated with parental decisions to vaccinate girls against Human Papillomavirus
by Saak, Barbara, M.H.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 45; 1504531
Abstract (Summary)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world, with over 6 million people in the United States newly infected each year. Of these newly infected people, over 4.5 million are adolescents between the ages of 15 and 24. Two strains of HPV account for 70% of all cervical cancer. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have endorsed the Gardisil vaccination for protection against cervical cancer for all girls age 11 or 12. However, many parents do not comply with the recommendation to have their daughters vaccinated against HPV infection. The aim of the present study was to identify the characteristics of parents who are non-compliant with the recommendation of HPV vaccination for their child. Data from the California Health Interview Study of 2007 were analyzed to gain insight into the reasons why parents would not choose to vaccinate their daughters against HPV. The hypothesis which predicted that the reason that most parents would not be compliant with their physician's recommendation of HPV vaccination for their child was due to lack of knowledge of the needs for and benefits of this vaccination due to lack of educational attainment was not supported. The analysis did, however, support the hypothesis that lack of knowledge of the need for and benefits of this vaccination was the main reason parents cited for their decision not to vaccinate against HPV.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reynolds, Grace
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Health sciences, Public health, Epidemiology
Publication Number: 1504531
ISBN: 978-1-124-99473-4
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