Trusted Sources of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Information Among Mexican American Parents Living on the U.S./Mexico Border

Published: 7 May 2024| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/dmscgbpcs6.1
Gabriel Frietze


The purpose of this study was to identify trusted sources of HPV vaccine information in Hispanic parents of Mexican American origin. A cross-sectional survey designed for an inventory assessment of HPV related items was deployed in a Hispanic majority sample. The survey was available in both English and Spanish. Two hundred twenty-five adults (Mage = 38.30, SD = 7.30) who identified predominately as female (83.1%) were included in the study. We hypothesize that healthcare practitioners will be perceived as the most trustworthy sources of information. Specifically, we predict that medical doctors (MDs) will be perceived as the most trustworthy source of HPV vaccine information. The Health Belief Model (HBM; Rosenstock, 1974) served as our framework for assessing theoretical predictors of vaccine acceptance. We hypothesize that factors from the Health Belief Model (HBM) including perceived susceptibility, severity, benefits, and barriers will predict vaccine acceptance (as indexed by parents’ willingness and intention to vaccinate their child[ren]). This publication was supported by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) under award number RP210153. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of CPRIT.


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The authors conducted a series of analyses within the data set. First, the authors calculated frequencies and descriptives in order to inspect and clean the data. Next the authors created composites for each scale included in the manuscript. Notably, the authors attached a syntax for the data file which includes all of their analyses conducted. This will ensure that anyone can replicate the data using our syntax. Within our syntax, we provide the notes and steps for calculating reliability estimates for each of the measures included. Upon cleaning the data and creating composites, the authors then ran descriptives and frequencies of all variables to create demographic and background tables. Correlation analyses examined the association between individual and family beliefs about vaccines. A multiple linear regression analysis predicted HPV vaccine likelihood based on the top five trusted sources of information. Direct logistic regression was performed to assess the impact of the top five trusted sources of information on HPV-Vaccine Uptake (Child). Multiple linear regression analysis was also performed to predict HPV vaccine likelihood based on five factors from the HBM (perceived safety, perceived effectiveness, perceived harm, perceived susceptibility, and perceived barriers). Lastly, direct logistic regression was performed to predict HPV vaccine uptake (Child) based on the HBM.


Vaccine, Perception, Human Papillomavirus, Attitude and Beliefs, Trust in Health Care Services


Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas