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Am J Health Behav. 2005 Jan-Feb;29(1):81-92.

Immunization attitudes and beliefs among parents: beyond a dichotomous perspective.

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Epidemiology and Surveillance Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA. DGust@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To better understand differences among parents in their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors regarding childhood immunizations and health-related issues.

METHODS:

Forty-four survey variables assessing attitudes and beliefs about immunizations and health were analyzed. The K-means clusters technique was used to identify homogeneous groups of parents based upon their responses to the questions.

RESULTS:

Five clusters were identified: Immunization Advocates (33.0%), Go Along to Get Alongs (26.4%), Health Advocates (24.8%), Fencesitters (13.2%), and Worrieds (2.6%).

CONCLUSIONS:

Although only a small percentage of parents are seriously concerned, other parents who are generally supportive of immunizations for their child are also affected by immunization safety issues.

PMID:
15604052
DOI:
10.5993/ajhb.29.1.7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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