Immunization attitudes and beliefs among parents: beyond a dichotomous perspective

Am J Health Behav. Jan-Feb 2005;29(1):81-92. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.29.1.7.


Objective: To better understand differences among parents in their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors regarding childhood immunizations and health-related issues.

Methods: Forty-four survey variables assessing attitudes and beliefs about immunizations and health were analyzed. The K-means clusters technique was used to identify homogeneous groups of parents based upon their responses to the questions.

Results: Five clusters were identified: Immunization Advocates (33.0%), Go Along to Get Alongs (26.4%), Health Advocates (24.8%), Fencesitters (13.2%), and Worrieds (2.6%).

Conclusions: Although only a small percentage of parents are seriously concerned, other parents who are generally supportive of immunizations for their child are also affected by immunization safety issues.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Culture*
  • Demography
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Immunization* / adverse effects
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parents*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires