Human papillomavirus vaccine acceptability among parents of 10- to 15-year-old adolescents

Kristin Davis, Eileen D. Dickman, Daron Gale Ferris, James K. Dias

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Abstract

Objective. To determine human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine acceptance among parents of 10- to 15-year-old adolescents. Materials and Methods. Five hundred seventy-five parents or guardians completed a 30-question survey regarding their knowledge of HPV and acceptance of an HPV vaccine. Afterward, subjects read an HPV educational fact sheet and completed a 26-question survey. Results were compared using the χ2 test, analysis of variance, and McNemar's test. Results. More than 60% of subjects had a general understanding of HPV. Parents opposed to the HPV vaccine were more likely to believe it would promote earlier initiation of coitus compared with parents supportive or undecided about vaccination (24%, 9%, and 6%, respectively; p = .003). Of the subjects initially opposed to or undecided about the HPV vaccine, 37% and 65%, respectively, supported HPV vaccination after an educational intervention. Conclusions. A brief educational intervention significantly improved parent's acceptance of the HPV vaccine. The negative impact of an HPV vaccine perceived as condoning early initiation of sexual intercourse seems to be minimal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-194
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2004

Keywords

  • Acceptance
  • Adolescents
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Perception of illness
  • Vaccines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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