Social Networks Influence Hispanic College Women's HPV Vaccine Uptake Decision-making Processes. Article

Stephens, Dionne P, Thomas, Tami L. (2014). Social Networks Influence Hispanic College Women's HPV Vaccine Uptake Decision-making Processes. . 1(2), 120-137. 10.1080/23293691.2014.966034



cited authors

  • Stephens, Dionne P; Thomas, Tami L

abstract

  • This qualitative study was designed to assess current and preferred social networks that influence human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine decision making in a sample of Hispanic college women. Individual, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 41 Hispanic college women attending a large southeastern Hispanic-serving institution. Television commercials and discussions with mothers were found to be the most influential social networks for current HPV vaccination beliefs. Internet sites, close family members, and healthcare providers' communications were preferred social networks for HPV vaccine information. Perceived accessibility and sense of comfort influenced the order in which these social networks' communications would be accepted. Findings suggest that Hispanic college women utilize specific social networks to gather information and make decisions about HPV vaccination. Continued efforts are needed to promote further understanding of the purpose of the HPV vaccine via these preferred sources of information.

publication date

  • July 1, 2014

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

Medium

  • Print

start page

  • 120

end page

  • 137

volume

  • 1

issue

  • 2