Understanding how mothers of adolescent girls obtain information about the human papillomavirus vaccine: Associations between mothers' health beliefs, information seeking, and vaccination intentions in an ethnically diverse sample

Austin S. Baldwin, Corinne M. Bruce, Jasmin A. Tiro

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We examined factors associated with information seeking about the human papillomavirus vaccine among mothers of adolescent girls by testing whether information seeking and vaccination intentions for their daughters are associated with perceived vulnerability, severity, and vaccine benefits in an ethnically diverse sample. Mothers (N = 256) of unvaccinated girls living in Dallas, Texas, were surveyed (49% Black, 29% Hispanic, and 18% White). Perceived vulnerability to human papillomavirus was associated with talking with others (odds ratio = 1.71, 95% confidence interval = 1.09, 2.66) and talking with a doctor about the vaccine (odds ratio = 1.42, 95% confidence interval = 1.01, 1.99), and perceived vaccine benefits were associated with vaccination intentions (odds ratio = 2.96, 95% confidence interval = 1.98, 4.42), but the perceived severity was not associated with any dependent measure. Beliefs about human papillomavirus risk are associated with seeking information from a doctor and interpersonal sources, but ethnic minorities are less likely to talk with others about the vaccine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)926-938
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013



  • human papillomavirus vaccine
  • information seeking
  • perceived benefits
  • perceived severity
  • perceived vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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