HPV Vaccine Decision-Making and Acceptance: Does Religion Play a Role?

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Journal of religion and health (In Press)


2011, Center-Authored Paper, Dec, December 2011, e-pub, Public Health Sciences Division


We conducted a web-based survey among 476 white, Black, and Hispanic parents or caregivers with daughter(s) between the ages of 9-17 to better understand how religion influences HPV vaccine acceptance. Catholic parents were more likely than nonaffiliated parents to have already vaccinated their daughters (vs. being undecided) (OR = 3.26, 95% CI = 1.06, 10.06). Parents with frequent attendance at religious services were more likely than parents who do not attend services to have decided against vaccination (vs. being undecided) (OR = 2.92, 95% CI = 1.25, 6.84). Directions for research and implications for interventions are addressed.