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The Relationship of Health Beliefs with Information Sources and HPV Vaccine Acceptance among Young Adults in Korea

School of Communication, Kookmin University, Bugak Hall 603, 77 Jeongneung-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 136-702, Korea
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(4), 673; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15040673
Received: 24 February 2018 / Revised: 1 April 2018 / Accepted: 2 April 2018 / Published: 4 April 2018
Despite the HPV vaccine’s efficacy in preventing cervical cancer, its coverage rates among Asians are very low. To increase immunization coverage among these populations, understanding the psychological factors that affect HPV acceptability is critical. To this end, this study examined the relationships between multidimensional health beliefs and HPV vaccine acceptance, and what information sources effectively foster HPV vaccination-related health beliefs. Data were collected using a survey of 323 undergraduate students in Korea. Results showed that perceived susceptibility, perceived severity, perceived benefits, and perceived vaccine safety concerns predicted vaccine acceptance. Multiple dimensions of perceived barriers showed differing impacts on vaccine acceptance. In addition, interpersonal information sources were effective in boosting various health beliefs for HPV vaccination. The Internet also was effective in reducing social barriers, but the effects were opposite to those of social media. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: HPV; immunization; vaccine; HBM; information source; communication; acceptability HPV; immunization; vaccine; HBM; information source; communication; acceptability
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Kim, J. The Relationship of Health Beliefs with Information Sources and HPV Vaccine Acceptance among Young Adults in Korea. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 673. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15040673

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Kim J. The Relationship of Health Beliefs with Information Sources and HPV Vaccine Acceptance among Young Adults in Korea. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(4):673. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15040673

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Kim, Jarim. 2018. "The Relationship of Health Beliefs with Information Sources and HPV Vaccine Acceptance among Young Adults in Korea" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 15, no. 4: 673. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15040673

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