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Young women’s experiences of the HPV vaccine: A Cross-Cultural, Qualitative Study in Scotland, Spain, Serbia and Bulgaria. EHPS 2012 Abstracts.

Petrova, Dafina, Gray, Carol, Farver, Ingeborg, Jaeger, Moritz, Lenneis, Anita, Parve, Kadi, Patarcic, Dina, Hogg, Rhona, Todorova, Irina and Kennedy, Catriona (2012) Young women’s experiences of the HPV vaccine: A Cross-Cultural, Qualitative Study in Scotland, Spain, Serbia and Bulgaria. EHPS 2012 Abstracts. Psychology & Health, 27 (supl1). pp. 1-357. ISSN 0887-0446

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Background: Cervical cancer remains one of the most prevalent cancers in the world. The HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) Vaccine was introduced for prevention against infection against common strands of the HPV virus. The aim of this study was to explore young women’s experiences of the vaccine cross-culturally.
Method:Qualitative focus group discussions were held with young women aged 18-26 years old in Scotland, Serbia and Bulgaria about their views and experiences of the vaccine. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data.
Findings:Common themes identified barriers to information and knowledge about the HPV vaccine; trust issues and dilemmas about vaccine relevance. There were clear differences in terms of access to wider sexual healthcare.
Discussion:Despite stark divides with implementation of the HPV vaccine across Europe and differences with vaccine cost and wider health access to screening, findings suggested common barriers for young women accessing preventative sexual health services.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0887-0446
Electronic ISSN: 1476-8321
Additional Information: Oral presentation at the 26th European Health Psychology Society Conference, 21-25 August, Prague.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vaccines; cervical cancer; HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) Vaccine;
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: 5636
Depositing User: Dr Carol Gray Brunton
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2012 15:37
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2013 13:16
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/5636

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