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Risk perception studies have focused on personal risks; yet many decisions are taken for others. Some studies have suggested that parents are especially sensitive to risks to their children. We compared 245 parents’ willingness to vaccinate their child versus themselves in nine hypothetical scenarios relating to influenza strains. Scenarios varied according to non-vaccination risk (low, medium and high) and ‘risk target’ (oneself, one’s child or, as a comparator, one’s elderly parent). Participants were more willing to vaccinate their child (61% acceptance) than themselves (54%) or their parent (56%). Parents may be more risk-sensitive when deciding for their child than for themselves.
Author(s): Tang MY, Shahab L, Robb KA, Gardner B
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Health Psychology
Print publication date: 01/05/2016
Online publication date: 01/07/2014
Acceptance date: 01/07/2014
ISSN (print): 1359-1053
ISSN (electronic): 1461-7277
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
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