Factors associated with parents' attitudes to the HPV vaccination of their adolescent sons: A systematic review.

Gorjana Radisic, Janine Chapman, Ingrid Flight, Carlene Wilson

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    Objective The objective of the study was to identify factors associated with human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine acceptability in parents of adolescent boys. This information is critical to the development of approaches to optimise HPV vaccine uptake among this population group. Methods We performed a systematic search of the literature in addressing factors influencing parental attitudes to and beliefs about HPV vaccine and its acceptability for use. The findings were organised within the framework of the Health Belief Model (HBM) and summarised using a semi quantitative method. Results Eighteen studies met the inclusion criteria. Parental decisions were predominantly shaped by the perceived benefits of the vaccine; perceived risk of sons contracting the HPV infection, and having recommendations from health care providers. Fear of side effects and uncertainty about vaccine effectiveness, as well as cost and lack of healthcare, were barriers to HPV vaccination. Other factors such as knowledge, family characteristics, parent–child dialogue and egalitarian values appeared to be important when deciding whether to vaccinate boys. Conclusions HPV vaccine uptake among male adolescents is suboptimal. Future programs need to address the predictors of uptake by educating parents about the boys’ high susceptibility to infection, the benefits of vaccination, and reduce concerns regarding perceived barriers. Additionally, uptake may be facilitated by encouraging health care provider endorsement, particularly in countries without government-funded immunisation programs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)26-37
    Number of pages12
    JournalPreventive Medicine
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017


    • Adolescent boys
    • Health behaviour
    • HPV vaccination
    • Parental attitudes and beliefs


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