HPV Vaccine Decision-Making and Acceptance: Does Religion Play a Role?

Abstract

We conducted a web-based survey among 476 white, Black, and Hispanic parents or caregivers with daughter(s) between the ages of 9–17 to better understand how religion influences HPV vaccine acceptance. Catholic parents were more likely than nonaffiliated parents to have already vaccinated their daughters (vs. being undecided) (OR = 3.26, 95% CI = 1.06, 10.06). Parents with frequent attendance at religious services were more likely than parents who do not attend services to have decided against vaccination (vs. being undecided) (OR = 2.92, 95% CI = 1.25, 6.84). Directions for research and implications for interventions are addressed.

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Shelton, R.C., Snavely, A.C., De Jesus, M. et al. HPV Vaccine Decision-Making and Acceptance: Does Religion Play a Role?. J Relig Health 52, 1120–1130 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-011-9553-x

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Keywords

  • HPV vaccine
  • Religion
  • Vaccine acceptance
  • Cancer prevention