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Parental Decision-Making on Childhood Vaccination

Parental Decision-Making on Childhood Vaccination

Kaja Damnjanović
Johanna Graeber
Sandra Ilić
Wing Y. Lam
Žan Lep
Sara Morales
Tero Pulkkinen
Loes Vingerhoets
Publication Date
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

University of Belgrade (Damnjanovic, Ilic); Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel (Graeber); University of Kent (Lam); University of Ljubljana (Lep); University of Basque Country (Morales); University of Helsinki (Pulkkinen); University of Maastricht (Vingerhoets)

Vaccine hesitancy, which is resistance to be vaccinated or to delay vaccinations despite having available vaccinating services, is related to a range of psychological and demographic determinants, such as attitudes toward vaccinations, social norms, and trust in science. This group of researchers is on the cusp of work to understand those determinants in parents, who play an important, socially dictated role in vaccine-related decisions. "This high involvement might lead to parents overemphasizing the potential side effects that they know to be vaccine-related, and by amplifying those, parents are more focused on the potential outcomes of vaccine-related decisions, which can yield specific pattern of the outcome bias."

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