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Temporal perspective and parental intention to accept the human papillomavirus vaccination for their daughter

Morison, LA and Cozzolino, PJ and Orbell, S (2010) 'Temporal perspective and parental intention to accept the human papillomavirus vaccination for their daughter.' British Journal of Health Psychology, 15 (1). 151 - 165. ISSN 1359-107X

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Abstract

Objective. A school-based vaccination programme to prevent infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical cancer, began in October 2008 in England. The present study evaluated the role of temporal perspective in the formation of attitudes and intentions towards the vaccine. Design: A cross-sectional correlational survey of 245 parents of 11-12-year-old girls. Methods: Parents read a passage about the HPV vaccine containing information about benefits and concerns parents might have about the vaccine. They then completed a thought listing task and measures of attitude, vaccine efficacy, anticipated regret, intention, and consideration of future consequences. Results: Parents with higher consideration of future consequences generated more positive relative to negative thoughts, held more positive attitudes, higher response efficacy, reported higher anticipated regret about not vaccinating their daughters and held more positive intentions. Mediation analyses suggested that the influence of thoughts generated on intention to vaccinate was partially mediated by attitude, perceived vaccine efficacy, and anticipated regret if the vaccine were not taken up. Conclusion. Messages emphasizing efficacy of vaccination and anticipated regret are likely to promote vaccination uptake. © 2010 The British Psychological Society.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2011 12:05
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 20:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1649

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