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Heckman CJ , Fang CY , Jayo I
Pilot study: health behaviors associated with human papillomavirus vaccine acceptance among adolescents
J Prim Care Community Health. 2012 Jul 1;3(3) :170-3
PMID: 23803777 PMCID: PMC 3695443
AbstractBACKGROUND: Despite approval of a vaccine found to be very effective in preventing human papillomavirus infection and related cancers, many young people have not yet been vaccinated. Because health behaviors tend to co-occur, the purpose of the current study was to examine relationships among human papillomavirus vaccine uptake and other health behaviors among adolescents. METHODS: Fifty-nine high school students completed a paper-and-pencil pilot survey regarding human papillomavirus vaccine knowledge and attitudes as well as human papillomavirus vaccination and other health behaviors. RESULTS: The authors found that human papillomavirus vaccination was significantly associated with health-promoting behaviors among girls (eg, not smoking, P = .02), whereas vaccination willingness was associated with health risk behaviors among boys (eg, higher sugar diet, P = .03). CONCLUSIONS: Effective interventions to promote human papillomavirus vaccination among adolescents may benefit from a simultaneous focus on multiple health behaviors and/or health in general. Interventions tailored by gender may also be beneficial.
NotesHeckman, Carolyn J Fang, Carolyn Y Jayo, Ignacio United States Journal of primary care & community health J Prim Care Community Health. 2012 Jul 1;3(3):170-3. doi: 10.1177/2150131911429574. Epub 2012 Jan 6.