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The discursive construction of risk and responsibility in childhood vaccinations: a qualitative study of parental talk in Scotland.

Gray, Carol and Kennedy, Catriona (2010) The discursive construction of risk and responsibility in childhood vaccinations: a qualitative study of parental talk in Scotland. Psychology and Health, 25 (Suppl1). pp. 38-39. ISSN 0887-0446

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Objective: The objective of the study was to explore how discourses of risk and responsibility were represented in parental talk about childhood vaccinations from one health area in Scotland.
Methods: Qualitative methods were adopted to explore the discursive construction of risk and responsibility amongst parents when talking about childhood vaccination. Semi-structured interviews were utilised in an ongoing study with 10 parents. Initial thematic analysis identified themes from the data and later a discursive analysis was used.
Findings: Risk was constituted in multiple and fragmentary ways in talk about childhood vaccinations including: risks about diseases; risks associated with vaccine side-effects particularly with MMR and newer vaccines; risks about trust and conflicting information. Tied to such talk about risk, parents’ were positioned in various ways in relation to vaccination decisions.
Conclusions: Risk constructions are important to discern amongst parents in the area of childhood vaccinations as an important public health area. Instead of being seen traditionally as ‘ignorant’ beliefs, a social constructionist and discursive perspective on parental constructions of risk is valuable in terms of contributing the multiple ways in which talk about risk may be constructed and the implications of these constructions for vaccination decisions.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0887-0446
Electronic ISSN: 1476 8321
Additional Information: Oral presentation at the 24th European Health Psychology Society Conference; 1-4 Sep; Cluj, Romania.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Childhood vaccination; public health; parental talk;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 610.7 Medical education, research & nursing > 610.73 Nursing
Library of Congress Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Item ID: 5580
Depositing User: Dr Carol Gray Brunton
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2012 14:38
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2013 13:21
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/5580

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