Author(s): Gust D, Brown C, Sheedy K, Hibbs B, Weaver D,
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To better understand differences among parents in their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors regarding childhood immunizations and health-related issues. METHODS: Forty-four survey variables assessing attitudes and beliefs about immunizations and health were analyzed. The K-means clusters technique was used to identify homogeneous groups of parents based upon their responses to the questions. RESULTS: Five clusters were identified: Immunization Advocates (33.0\%), Go Along to Get Alongs (26.4\%), Health Advocates (24.8\%), Fencesitters (13.2\%), and Worrieds (2.6\%). CONCLUSIONS: Although only a small percentage of parents are seriously concerned, other parents who are generally supportive of immunizations for their child are also affected by immunization safety issues.
This article was published in Am J Health Behav
and referenced in Primary Healthcare: Open Access