Mothers, Fathers, Sons, and Human Papillomavirus Immunization Practices

Fam Community Health. Jul/Sep 2017;40(3):278-287. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000104.

Abstract

Despite the fact that human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and HPV-related cancers are on the rise in men, male HPV vaccine series completion is less than 10% in many areas. This study examined parental knowledge of the HPV vaccine and intent to vaccinate their sons. A cross-sectional study of 341 parents of boys was conducted in school settings in rural southeastern Georgia. Mothers were 2.07 times more likely than fathers to vaccinate their sons. Future research directions should include strategies to increase HPV vaccination in both genders and focus on parents' perceived severity and vulnerability of their sons to HPV infection.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Fathers / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Nuclear Family / psychology*
  • Papillomavirus Infections / prevention & control
  • Papillomavirus Infections / therapy*
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines / therapeutic use*
  • Young Adult

Substances

  • Papillomavirus Vaccines