HPV Awareness, Knowledge and Vaccination Attitudes among Church-going African-American Women
Objectives: The purpose of this exploratory study was to improve understanding of the sociodemographic correlates of human papillomavirus (HPV) awareness, knowledge, and vaccination attitudes in a convenience sample of church-going, African-American women and how knowledge about
HPV-related cancers relates to vaccination attitudes for girls and boys. Methods: Participants (N = 308) answered survey questions about HPV awareness, knowledge, and vaccination attitudes. Associations between variables were assessed using Bonferroni-adjusted chi-square tests and regression
analyses. Results: Younger age was associated with having heard of HPV and willingness to vaccinate a daughter or son in covariate-adjusted analyses. Younger age and greater education were associated with knowledge that HPV causes cervical cancer. A positive association existed between
willingness to vaccinate a daughter or son based on knowledge of the number of cancers associated with HPV. Knowledge that HPV was related to non-cervical cancers was significantly associated with greater willingness to vaccinate sons. Conclusions: Knowledge that HPV causes multiple
cancers is important to willingness to vaccinate a child. Education campaigns should emphasize that HPV is also related to non-cervical cancers. African-American women of older age and less education might benefit from church-based HPV educational campaigns.
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CHURCH-BASED HEALTH PROMOTION;
HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS;
Document Type: Research Article
Assistant Professor, The University of Oklahoma, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Norman, OK
Associate Professor, Joint senior scientist, The University of Houston, Department of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences, Social Determinants/Health Disparities Lab, Houston, TX;, Email: [email protected]
Graduate Student, The University of Texas School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Houston, TX
Associate Professor, Joint senior scientist, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Health Disparities Research, Houston, TX
Publication date: November 1, 2016
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