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ERIC Number: EJ934401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2158
Child Immunization Status among a Sample of Adolescent Mothers: Comparing the Validity of Measurement Strategies
Phillips, Clarissa; Cota-Robles, Sonia; Knight, Margaret; Francis, Judith; Phillips, Elizabeth; Mazerbo, Laurie
Journal of Family Social Work, v14 n4 p326-334 2011
This study of adolescent mothers sought to identify whether a single general question asked by phone or a detailed, vaccine-specific question asked in a self-report questionnaire best captured infant immunization status at 6 months postpartum, by comparing them with immunization record books. Responses to a global question about whether infants were up-to-date with immunizations more closely approximated immunization records than did vaccine-specific questionnaire items. High rates of "don't know" and blank responses in the questionnaire suggested respondents were unable to accurately answer detailed questions, even when successful at having their infant immunized. Analyses suggest that asking respondents about well-baby visits may be part of an alternative strategy for collecting accurate immunization data. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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