Table 1.

Characteristics of parents (n = 484) and their daughters and parents' attitudes about HPV and HPV vaccine

Characteristicsn%
Demographics
Parent's sex
 Female43089.4
 Male5110.6
Parent's ethnicity or race/survey language
 Hispanic/Spanish34471.1
 Hispanic/English5010.3
 African American/Englisha7315.1
 Other race/English173.5
Parent's age, y
 ≤3920341.9
 40–4920542.4
 ≥507615.7
Parent's marital status
 Married/cohabiting33168.5
 Single/separated/divorced/widowed15231.5
Parent's education
 Did not enter high school23348.1
 Some high school or high school graduate15732.4
 Some college or greater9419.4
Daughter's age, y
 11–128317.2
 13–1525151.9
 16–1815031.0
HPV vaccine awareness and uptake
Have you ever heard of the HPV vaccine before today?
 Yes26054.3
 No21945.7
During the past year, has a doctor or other health care provider recommended that your daughter get the HPV vaccine?
 Yes14530.9
 No32569.2
Daughter vaccinated?/Intend to vaccinate in the next year?
 No, probably/definitely will not6514.0
 No, unsure if will6614.3
 No, probably/definitely will21847.1
 Yes, had at least 1 dose11424.6
Attitudes towards HPV vaccine
I believe the HPV vaccine works well
 Agree25352.4
 Disagree255.2
 Do not know20542.4
I think the HPV vaccine is unsafe
 Agree6313.0
 Disagree22346.2
 Do not know19740.8
I do not have enough information about the HPV vaccine to decide whether to give it to my daughter
 Agree31367.3
 Disagree15232.7
Without the HPV vaccine my daughter is at high risk for getting HPV some time in her life
 Agree29661.3
 Disagree10321.3
 Do not know8417.4
My daughter is too young to get a vaccine for a sexually transmitted infection
 Agree23048.3
 Disagree24651.7
If a teenage girl gets the HPV vaccine, she may be more likely to have sex
 Agree16834.8
 Disagree28458.8
 Do not know316.4
The HPV vaccine is being pushed to make money for drug companies
 Agree11323.4
 Disagree23548.8
 Do not know13427.8
The decision to give the HPV vaccine should be the parent's decision alone
 Agree39282.2
 Disagree8517.8
The HPV vaccine is too new to have laws like this
 Agree32867.8
 Disagree12926.7
 Do not know276.6
  • aNon-Hispanic; 2 respondents with a race/ethnicity of Hispanic/African American were included in the Hispanic category.