Human Papillomavirus: A qualitative study of Korean American female college students' attitudes toward vaccination

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines have the potential to reduce Korean American women's high burden of cervical cancer, but information is limited about their awareness of HPV and its vaccine.

OBJECTIVES:

This study aimed to explore Korean American female college students' awareness of and attitudes toward HPV vaccination.

METHODS:

A qualitative descriptive study was used. Five focus group interviews were conducted with 20 Korean American female college students aged 18-26 years from Massachusetts. Data were analyzed using inductive content analysis.

FINDINGS:

Major themes were awareness, misunderstandings, attitudes, social influences, and cultural influence. A critical need exists to develop and implement culturally and linguistically appropriate HPV prevention education programs to promote HPV vaccination in this population.

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