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Health Educ Res. 1992 Sep;7(3):341-8.

Parents attitudinal and social influences on childhood vaccination.

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School of Psychology, University of Wales College of Cardiff, UK.


The study examined beliefs and attitudes towards pertussis (and other) vaccinations in three groups of caregivers; those who had fully vaccinated a target child against pertussis (FV; n = 85), those whose child partially completed the course (PV; n = 70) and those who refused to have their child receive the pertussis vaccination (NV; n = 73). The NV group reported significantly more concern over long-term health problems as a result of pertussis vaccination, a lower risk of catching pertussis if not immunized and attached a lower importance to pertussis vaccination than either of the other two. They also rated their child as more likely to develop pertussis if immunized than those in the FV group. The NV group also reported a greater risk perception for some other vaccinations (e.g. mumps, rubella and measles) than the other groups. The implications for health education are discussed.

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