ERIC Number: EJ897816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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Psychosocial Correlates of Intention to Receive an Influenza Vaccination among Rural Adolescents
Painter, Julia E.; Sales, Jessica M.; Pazol, Karen; Wingood, Gina M.; Windle, Michael; Orenstein, Walter A.; Diclemente, Ralph J.
Health Education Research, v25 n5 p853-864 Oct 2010
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently expanded annual influenza vaccination recommendations to include all children 6 months through 18 years of age. Adolescent attitudes toward influenza vaccination may play a key role in reaching this newly added age group. This study examined the association between attitudes toward influenza vaccination and intention to be vaccinated among rural adolescents. Data were collected from baseline surveys distributed to adolescents in September/October 2008, prior to the H1N1 influenza pandemic, in two counties participating in a school-based influenza vaccination intervention trial in rural Georgia (N = 337). Survey items were based on constructs from the Health Belief Model and the Integrated Behavioral Model. Approximately one-third of participants (33.8%) intended to receive an influenza vaccination, 33.5% did not intend to be vaccinated and 28.8% were unsure. Controlling for background factors, intention to receive an influenza vaccination was associated with low perceived barriers [odds ratio (OR) = 0.77, P less than 0.001], injunctive norms (OR = 1.23, P = 0.002) and receipt of influenza vaccination in the past year (OR = 6.21, P less than 0.001). Findings suggest that perceived barriers and injunctive social norms may influence vaccination acceptance among rural adolescents. Future influenza vaccination efforts geared toward rural middle and high school students may benefit from addressing adolescent attitudes toward influenza vaccination.
Descriptors: Disease Control, Age, Advisory Committees, Immunization Programs, Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Behavior Standards, Counties, Correlation, Rural Areas, Role, Intention, Health Behavior, Diseases, Middle School Students, High School Students, Futures (of Society)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia