Date Approved

12-2015

Date Posted

7-7-2016

Degree Type

Campus Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health Sciences

Committee Member

Stephen A. Sonstein, Ph.D., Chair

Committee Member

Irwin Martin, Ph.D.

Abstract

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women. Incidence and mortality rates of cervical cancer are high in less developed and developing countries. In some countries, the acceptance of the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer is low. Previous studies revealed that lack of awareness, income, and education were major barriers for accepting the HPV vaccine. Apart from the above-mentioned barriers, some socio-cultural barriers for accepting the HPV vaccine exist in less developed and developing countries. This study surveyed 250 women in India of age groups 18 years and above. The sample population for the study was chosen from a clinic's database. Survey questionnaires and informed consents were mailed to the participants. The results of this study exposed various concerns of women like lack of knowledge about vaccine, fear about the impact on their relationships, and embarrassment to talk about the vaccine.

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