Adolescents’ beliefs about their parents’ human papillomavirus vaccination decisions
Article first published online: 20 OCT 2009
© 2009 The Authors Journal compilation © RCOG 2009 BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Special Issue: The gynaecological and reproductive health problems of puberty and adolescence
Volume 117, Issue 2, pages 229–233, January 2010
How to Cite
Forster, A., Marlow, L. and Waller, J. (2010), Adolescents’ beliefs about their parents’ human papillomavirus vaccination decisions. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 117: 229–233. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2009.02412.x
- Issue published online: 9 DEC 2009
- Article first published online: 20 OCT 2009
- Accepted 14 September 2009. Published Online 20 October 2009.
- sexual behaviour;
- young women
Please cite this paper as: Forster A, Marlow L, Waller J. Adolescents’ beliefs about their parents’ human papillomavirus vaccination decisions. BJOG 2010;117:229–233.
A significant minority of parents are concerned that human papillomavirus vaccination will affect sexual behaviour. We explored this issue with 162 adolescent girls. Most (between 90 and 92%) did not perceive a connection between parental consent to vaccination and parental authorisation for sexual activity, but a small percentage believed that vaccination consent implied that they were old enough to have sex (8%), or that it was okay for them to be sexually active (10%). The findings are broadly reassuring, but highlight the need for vaccination information materials to clarify why the vaccine is administered before sexual debut.