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J Health Psychol. 2013 Oct;18(10):1360-70. doi: 10.1177/1359105312462432. Epub 2012 Nov 26.

Beliefs and attitudes regarding human papillomavirus vaccination among college-age women.

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University of Maryland, USA.


Research on the human papillomavirus vaccine has largely focused on parents' attitudes toward vaccinating their young daughters. Yet, little is known about the factors that influence human papillomavirus vaccination in college-age women who are still eligible for the vaccine. This study examined attitudes toward the human papillomavirus vaccine in 150 college-age women who had received the vaccine and 58 who had not. The Health Belief Model was used to predict vaccine intentions and to compare vaccinated and unvaccinated women. Women's self-efficacy, social environment, and perceptions of the vaccine predicted vaccine intentions and behaviors. Interventions might include these factors to promote vaccination.


beliefs; health behavior; perception; sexual health; women’s health

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