Defense Date

2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Eric Benotsch

Abstract

Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the US, with an estimated incidence rate of 6.2 million new cases each year. Men have higher instances of certain HPV related outcomes (e.g., head/neck cancers) when compared to women, so male vaccination with the HPV vaccine is also paramount to preventing cancer. The present study examined the theory of planned behavior (TPB) as a model for predicting HPV vaccination intentions among men. Results suggest the TPB was a well-fitting model to the data, but not all aspects of the TPB model were predictive of HPV vaccination intentions. Behavioral beliefs (e.g.., the belief that vaccination will provide a beneficial outcome) were the only significant predictor of HPV vaccination intention in the next 6 months. Perceived norms, motivations to comply with norms, attitudes towards the HPV vaccine, and self-efficacy were not significant predictors of HPV vaccination intentions.

Rights

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Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

April 2013

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Psychology Commons

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