Parents and childhood immunizations : a study of health beliefs and perceptions among Hong Kong Chinese parents

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

First Advisor

Professor Neil Tomson

Second Advisor

Professor Margaret Burgess


As a result of immunizations and other child health initiatives, the rates of vaccine preventable diseases in Hong Kong have dropped dramatically over the past several decades. Hong Kong, however, is one of the most densely populated cities in the world which increases the vulnerability of the population to communicable disease outbreaks. Thus, high levels of immunization coverage are necessary to prevent disease outbreaks. Currently very little information exists about Hong Kong parents' perceptions of childhood immunizations or vaccine preventable diseases. The aims of this study were to explore Hong Kong parents' beliefs about childhood immunizations, to validate an instrument to measure those health beliefs, and to identify factors that are most predictive of age-appropriate immunization.

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