Author

Chu He

Date Approved

2015

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health Promotion and Human Performance

Committee Member

Megan Sterling

Committee Member

Susan McCarthy

Committee Member

Andrew Cornett

Abstract

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the US and causes several cancers. HPV vaccines can protect individuals against multiple HPV strains that can cause certain cancers. Despite the benefits, 51% of college women have received the HPV vaccine. The purpose of this study was to better understand why women choose to get the HPV vaccine and others do not. An emailed link was sent to 8,889 EMU female undergraduate students. Chi-Square Tests for Independence were used to determine relationships between variables. Data from 1,126 female undergraduates ranging in age from 18 to 26 were analyzed. Participants’ intention to receive HPV vaccination was significantly related to participants’ perceived susceptibility, severity, benefits and barriers. Participants with intention to get the HPV vaccine were in stable relationships, use condoms consistently, and have a friend, parent, or doctor who advocates for the HPV vaccine.

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