Effects of Socioeconomic Status and Health Care Access on Low Levels of Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Among Spanish-Speaking Hispanics in California

ArticleinAmerican Journal of Public Health 103(2) · December 2012with9 Reads
DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300920 · Source: PubMed
Little is known about the effect of language preference, socioeconomic status, and health care access on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. We examined these factors in Hispanic parents of daughters aged 11 to 17 years in California (n = 1090). Spanish-speaking parents were less likely to have their daughters vaccinated than were English speakers (odds ratio [OR] = 0.55; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.31, 0.98). Adding income and access to multivariate analyses made language nonsignificant (OR = 0.68; 95% CI = 0.35, 1.29). This confirms that health care use is associated with language via income and access. Low-income Hispanics, who lack access, need information about free HPV vaccination programs.(Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print December 13, 2012: e1-e3. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300920).
    • "However, future work comparing the effects of autonomous motivation and other factors on vaccine initiation and completion, and interventions designed to change autonomous motivation, are needed before clear conclusions can be drawn. Past HPV vaccine studies have shown differences in vaccination rates and attitudes toward vaccination between non-Hispanics, Spanish-speaking Hispanics, and English-speaking Hispanics [9,[23][24][25]. Thus, establishing an equivalent underlying structure between language groups was necessary. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: According to Self-Determination Theory, the extent to which the motivation underlying behavior is self-determined or controlled influences its sustainability. This is particularly relevant for behaviors that must be repeated, such as completion of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series. To date, no measures of motivation for HPV vaccination have been developed. Methods: As part of a larger study, parents (N=223) whose adolescents receive care at safety-net clinics completed a telephone questionnaire about HPV and the vaccine. We modified the Treatment Self-Regulation Questionnaire to assess parents' motivation for HPV vaccination in both Spanish and English. We used confirmatory factor analysis to test a three-factor measurement model. Results: The three-factor model fit the data well (RMSEA=0.04, CFI=0.98, TLI=0.96), and the scales' reliabilities were adequate (autonomous: α=0.87; introjected: α=0.72; external: α=0.72). The factor loading strength for one item was stronger for Spanish- than English-speaking participants (p<0.05); all others were equivalent. The intercorrelations among the scales ranged from -0.17 to 0.32, suggesting discriminant factors. The scales displayed the expected pattern of correlations with other psychosocial determinants of behavior. Vaccination intentions showed a strong correlation with autonomous motivation (r=0.52), but no correlation with external motivation (r=0.02), suggesting autonomous motivation may be particularly important in vaccine decision-making. Conclusion: Findings support the use of three subscales to measure motivation in HPV vaccination and suggest possible cultural differences in motivation.
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    • "Analyses of national data have shown that there is an inverse relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and mortality and that the magnitude of this association may have increased in recent years [1, 37]. An increased use of preventive services, including vaccinations, has been noted among those with higher household incomes [18]. Further, SES is also associated with disability. "
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    • "There are descriptions in the USA of Latin American girls being less vaccinated, and it is possibly due to cultural or traditional barriers rather than having less facilities [32]. "
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