Mother-Daughter Communication and Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Uptake by College Students


Published online April 12, 2010
PEDIATRICS Vol. 125 No. 5 May 2010, pp. 982-989 (doi:10.1542/peds.2009-2888)

Megan E. Roberts, BAa, Meg Gerrard, PhDb,c, Rachel Reimer, PhDd, Frederick X. Gibbons, PhDa

a Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire;
b Norris Cotton Cancer Center and Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, New Hampshire;
c Department of Psychology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; and
d Master of Public Health Program, Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa

OBJECTIVES Although a human papillomavirus(HPV) vaccine has been available for more than 3 years, little research has documented the uptake and predictors of vaccination among older adolescents and young adult women. The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to examine the prevalence of HPV vaccination among college women across time and to explore the effect of mother-daughter communication on vaccination.

METHODS During the period of fall 2007 through fall 2009, a convenience sample of 972 female undergraduate students (aged 18–25) at a large Midwestern state university (89% white) completed a paper-and-pencil or online anonymous questionnaire that assessed their sexual-risk behavior, knowledge of HPV, perceptions of HPV risk, communication from their mothers about sex-related topics (including HPV), and their current vaccination status.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.