ERIC Number: EJ832235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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College Student Invulnerability Beliefs and HIV Vaccine Acceptability
Ravert, Russell D.; Zimet, Gregory D.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v33 n4 p391-399 2009
Objective: To examine behavioral history, beliefs, and vaccine characteristics as predictors of HIV vaccine acceptability. Methods: Two hundred forty-five US under graduates were surveyed regarding their sexual history, risk beliefs, and likelihood of accepting hypothetical HIV vaccines. Results: Multivariate regression analysis indicated that vaccine acceptability was predicted by lifetime sexual partners, high perceived HIV susceptibility, low danger invulnerability, and high psychological invulnerability. Low perceived risk was associated with basing decisions on vaccine cost. Conclusions: HIV vaccine acceptability was predicted by behavioral risk and perceived HIV susceptibility, but also by general feelings of invulnerability to physical and psychological harm.
Descriptors: Immunization Programs, Student Surveys, Risk, Undergraduate Students, Multiple Regression Analysis, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Sexuality
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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