Degree Granting Department
decision-making, HPV, immunization, medical anthropology, sexuality
This dissertation research explores how values regarding sexuality, morality, responsibility, protection, trust, and risk — expressed through parent, daughter, and healthcare provider relationships and interactions — inform parental decisions regarding the Gardasil® vaccine. In particular, the research examines the competing and conflicting meanings that parents and providers ascribe to vaccination and how actors position the vaccine within a wider set of negotiated, value–laden discourses. Because these narratives are situated within a larger structural field that shapes the landscape in which providers and parents interact, relevant historical and structural factors, including vaccine policy, cost, and compensation are discussed.
Scholar Commons Citation
Brelsford, Kathleen Marie, ""Not If, but When": Sex, Risk, and Trust in Timing Gardasil Vaccine Decisions, An Exploratory Study among Healthcare Providers and Middle-Class Parents in the U.S." (2011). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.