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Zhu L, Zhai S, Siu PT, Xia HY, Lai S, Zambrano CN, Ma GX
Factors Related to Chinese Parents' HPV Vaccination Intention for Children
Am J Health Behav (2019) 43:994-1005.
Objectives: Successful human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine delivery depends heavily on parents' attitudes, perceptions, and willingness to have their children vaccinated. In this study, we assessed parental knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about the HPV vaccine, and examine factors associated with willingness to have eligible children receive HPV vaccination. Methods: From a community health center serving Chinese members in the Greater Philadelphia area, 110 Chinese-American parents with at least one child aged 11 to 18 who had not received HPV vaccine were recruited. Data were collected in face-to-face interviews. Results: Chinese-American parents generally lacked knowledge on HPV and the HPV vaccine, yet had a moderately high level of intention to vaccinate their children against HPV. Ordinal logistic regression results indicated that knowledge, whether or not to involve children, doctor influence, and time lived in the United States were significantly and independently related to parental intention to have their children vaccinated against HPV. Conclusion: Interventions should make efforts to raise awareness of HPV and promote vaccination in doctors' offices. The lower level of parental intention among relatively recent immigrants indicated the necessity to target this population in public health campaigns and intervention efforts.
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Publication Date: 2019-09-01.
PMCID: PMC6728078
Last updated on Wednesday, February 05, 2020