Taylor, J, Nailer, E, Cohen, C, Redman, C and Sherman, S (2022) HPV vaccination and cervical screening: the knowledge and attitudes of mothers of adolescent girls. Psychology & Health. ISSN 0887-0446

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Abstract

Objective: Mothers play a significant role in decision making about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for their daughters and about cervical screening attendance for themselves. This study had three objectives, to explore: 1) mothers’ knowledge and attitudes about HPV and HPV vaccination, 2) their knowledge and attitudes about cervical cancer and screening, and 3) whether their daughter’s HPV vaccination invitation was an opportunity to nudge mothers to attend screening.

Design: 138 women from North Staffordshire completed a cross-sectional survey and 15 took part in follow-up focus groups.

Results: Despite high self-reported engagement with both the cervical screening and HPV vaccination programmes, relatively low levels of knowledge and some uncertainty were evident. There was mixed opinion about the potential of using the vaccination invite as an opportunity to nudge mothers to attend cervical screening.

Conclusion: Even amongst women who do engage positively with the programmes, knowledge is not as complete and certain as it could be. Further research is needed with women who are less likely to accept the vaccination for their daughters. Women need to be better informed, which may go some way to reversing the decline in screening and maintaining high levels of vaccination.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cervical screening; cervical cancer; human papilloma virus; HPV vaccination
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 13:41
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2022 11:59
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/10944

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