Predicting human papillomavirus vaccine intentions of college-aged males: An examination of parents and son's perceptions

Mira L. Katz, Jennifer A. Kam, Janice L. Krieger, Anthony Roberto

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Objective: To examine male students and their parents human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine communication in relation to males willingness to discuss the vaccine with their health care provider and the likelihood of being vaccinated. Participants: Dyads (n = 111) of students and parents. Methods: Participants completed a HPV vaccine survey based on the risk perception attitude framework in 2009. Results: Male students perceived susceptibility for HPV and self-efficacy to talk to their provider were directly related to their intention to discuss the HPV vaccine, and their intention was directly related to their likelihood of being vaccinated. Parents perceived self-efficacy to talk to their son and response efficacy of the vaccine were directly related to their intention to talk to their son; however, parents intention was not related to the likelihood of their son being vaccinated. Conclusions: College males may benefit from HPV vaccine educational programs that include communication skills training to discuss the HPV vaccine with their parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-459
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012



  • HPV vaccine
  • human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • males
  • sexually transmitted infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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