Child undervaccination is a complex public health problem and a contentious social issue. Efforts to increase vaccination coverage require understanding how the public evaluates different reasons for undervaccination, which may influence stigmatizing attitudes and behavior as well as support for various vaccination policies. My presentation will focus on an ongoing project that investigates these issues by examining how different reasons for why a child is undervaccinated (e.g., parental refusal, delay, time constraints) may generate different cognitive and emotional evaluations (e.g., blame, anger, sympathy, and perceived differentness and dangerousness of the parent) and stigma-related behavioral orientations (social distance, discrimination), as well as endorsement of vaccination policies. These ideas are tested using a randomized vignette experiment administered to a US national online sample (n=1463). I will present study findings and discuss their implications for addressing child undervaccination and informing health scholarship on stigma.
Speaker Biography - Richard M. Carpiano, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Richard M. Carpiano, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Department of Sociology University of British Columbia,Canada
Richard M. Carpiano, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, where he is also Associate Member of the School of Population and Public Health, Faculty Associate of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, and Faculty Affiliate of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP). Dr. Carpiano’s research centers on the socioeconomic determinants of physical and mental health. His current projects focus on the implications of community ties for adult and child health and social determinants of childhood vaccination in the US and Canada. His solo- and co-authored publications have appeared in leading forums for sociology and public and population health. In 2013, he was awarded UBC’s Killam Research Prize for his contributions to scholarship. Dr. Carpiano received his Ph.D. (2004) in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University, his M.P.H. (2001) from Case Western Reserve University, and M.A. (1998) and B.A. (1997) in Sociology from Baylor University.
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