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Parents' vaccination comprehension and decisions.

Downs, JS, Bruine de Bruin, W and Fischhoff, B (2008) Parents' vaccination comprehension and decisions. Vaccine, 26 (12). 1595 - 1607 . ISSN 0264-410X


We report on 30 in-depth mental models interviews with parents discussing vaccination for their children, both in general terms and in response to communications drawn from sources supporting and opposing vaccines. We found that even parents favourable to vaccination can be confused by the ongoing debate, leading them to question their choices. Many parents lack basic knowledge of how vaccines work, and do not find the standard information provided to them to be particularly helpful in explaining it. Those with the greatest need to know about vaccination seem most vulnerable to confusing information. Opportunities for education may be missed if paediatricians do not appreciate parents' specific information needs.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adult, Communication, Decision Making, Humans, Internet, Interview, Psychological, Models, Psychological, Parents, Risk Assessment, Vaccination
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Business (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2012 15:21
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:37
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.01.011
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.01.011
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/74536

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