Irish mothers' intentions to have daughters receive the HPV vaccine
Fahy, Amanda and Desmond, Deirdre M. (2010) Irish mothers' intentions to have daughters receive the HPV vaccine. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 179 (3). pp. 427-430. ISSN 0021-1265
Most cases of cervical cancer are associated with human paillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18. This study examined the effect of message framing on mother’s intentions to obtain HPV vaccination for their teenage daughters and investigated predictors of HPV vaccination intentions. Seventy two mothers of daughters in the 8 to 16 years age group were randomly assigned to read either a gain-framed (describing the benefits of receiving the vaccine) or a loss-framed (describing the costs of not receiving the vaccine) message and completed measures assessing their intention to have their daughter/s vaccinated, normative beliefs, attitudes and perceived behavioural control. Awareness of HPV was low but intentions to vaccinate were high. There was no effect of message frame on vaccination intentions. Attitudes toward HPV vaccination and the influence of both peers and medical professionals are important factors in HPV vaccine acceptability.
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