Providers' perceptions of parental concerns about HPV vaccination

J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 May;24(2):828-39. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2013.0080.


Objective: Parental resistance is often posited to explain low rates of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine uptake. We sought to describe providers' perceptions of parents' attitudes towards HPV vaccination.

Methods: Thirty-four providers from four federally qualified community health centers participated in semi-structured interviews related to their experiences discussing HPV vaccination with low-income and minority parents.

Results: Providers found that parents were eager to prevent cancer in their daughters. Safety concerns and feeling that vaccination was unnecessary for virgins were reasons for declining vaccination. Providers found that immigrants from low-resource settings were more receptive to HPV vaccination than White middle-class parents due both to personal experience with vaccine-preventable diseases and cervical cancer and more realistic impressions of their children's sexual activity.

Conclusions: Immigrants from low-resource settings may be particularly receptive to HPV vaccination, while White middle-class parents may be more likely to defer vaccination due to concerns about safety or sexual issues.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Community Health Centers
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Minority Groups
  • Nurse Practitioners / psychology*
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Perception*
  • Physicians / psychology*
  • Poverty
  • Professional-Family Relations


  • Papillomavirus Vaccines