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Feeling bad about immunising our children


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Wroe, A. L., Bhan, A., Salkovskis, P. M. and Bedford, H., 2005. Feeling bad about immunising our children. Vaccine, 23 (12), pp. 1428-1433.

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Abstract

Uptake of MMR vaccinations is as low as 60% in some parts of the UK. This poses a serious public health issue. This longitudinal study investigates parental decisions about MMR and single vaccinations. Parents (n = 114) rated their perceptions of the benefits and risks of immunisation, and emotion-related variables; and were followed up to ask their final immunisation decision. Analyses demonstrated that parental decisions were explained by emotion-related variables, specifically anticipated responsibility and regret. It was concluded that parents’ decisions about MMR are strongly influenced by the idea than harm that occurs as a result of deciding to immunise (commission) is less acceptable than harm that occurs as a result of deciding not to immunise (omission) (known as ‘omission bias’).

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsWroe, A. L., Bhan, A., Salkovskis, P. M. and Bedford, H.
DOI10.1016/j.vaccine.2004.10.004
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code20900

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