Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Predictors of HPV vacciantion intent for daughters were assessed among mothers of female survivors of childhood cancer and a community control sample of mothers. Mothers of female survivors of childhood cancer (N = 153) presenting at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for After Completion of Therapy Clinic and a control group of mothers healthy adolescent females (N = 44) completed a questionnaire which included the measurement of demographic and medical information, knowledge of HPV and cervical cancer, self-efficacy, and health beliefs regarding HPV and cervical cancer. Current vaccination rates were examined and significant factors that influence mothers' intent to have their daughter vaccinated against HPV were identified. Results were based on correlations and linear regression analyses. The constructs measured were entered as predictors of vaccination intent. For mothers with vaccine naive daughters, intent to vaccinate in the future was negatively correlated with daughter's age and perceived barriers, and positively correlated with perceievd severity, perceived benefits, and self-efficacy. Four factors and two covariates (group, daughter's age, perceived severity, barriers, benefits, and self-efficacy) accounted for more than 37% of the variance in intent. Daughter's age and perceived benefits demonstrated significant unique effects on intent to vaccinate. Findings of the current study further our understanding of familial decision-making about child and adolescent health through identification of factors influencing HPV vaccination among female survivors of childhood cancer and healthy controls. Findings will also inform future interventions aimed at increasing HPV vaccination.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Gamble, Heather Leigh, "Vaccinating Daughters against Human Papillomavirus: Comparing Mothers of Childhood Cancer Survivors with Community Controls" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 288.