Examining the Influence of Religious and Spiritual Beliefs on HPV Vaccine Uptake Among College Women

Alicia L. Best, Erika L. Thompson, Abdullahi Musa Adamu, Rachel Logan, Jennifer Delva, Manuela Thomas, Eden Cunningham, Cheryl Vamos, Ellen Daley

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Abstract

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is an effective mechanism to prevent HPV-associated cancers; however, uptake is low among women aged 18–26. Religiosity/spirituality is associated with sexual health decision-making. This study examined the role of religious/spiritual beliefs on HPV vaccination among college women (N = 307) using logistic regression and mediation analyses. Findings indicate that sexual activity is the main factor associated with HPV vaccination; and sexual activity fully mediates the relationship between religious/spiritual beliefs and HPV vaccination. Health promotion efforts should highlight the importance of HPV vaccination regardless of current sexual activity and may benefit from partnerships with religious/spiritual organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2196-2207
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume58
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • College students
  • HPV vaccination
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Religion
  • Sexual health
  • Spirituality

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