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Are parents more willing to vaccinate their children than themselves?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mei Yee TangORCiD


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Risk perception studies have focused on personal risks; yet many decisions are taken for others. Some studies have suggested that parents are especially sensitive to risks to their children. We compared 245 parents’ willingness to vaccinate their child versus themselves in nine hypothetical scenarios relating to influenza strains. Scenarios varied according to non-vaccination risk (low, medium and high) and ‘risk target’ (oneself, one’s child or, as a comparator, one’s elderly parent). Participants were more willing to vaccinate their child (61% acceptance) than themselves (54%) or their parent (56%). Parents may be more risk-sensitive when deciding for their child than for themselves.

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Author(s): Tang MY, Shahab L, Robb KA, Gardner B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Health Psychology

Year: 2016

Volume: 21

Issue: 5

Pages: 781-787

Print publication date: 01/05/2016

Online publication date: 01/07/2014

Acceptance date: 01/07/2014

ISSN (print): 1359-1053

ISSN (electronic): 1461-7277

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/1359105314539527


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