Date of Graduation

Fall 12-16-2016

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


Information about the attitude and intent of Filipino-American mothers on HPV vaccination for their adolescent son is unavailable and unidentified. In this systematic review, three unique studies within different cultural backgrounds and demographic locations were analyzed. Data were collected from the following populations: Puerto Ricans, Ugandans, Caribbean Americans and African Americans. All studies were cross-sectional and integrated questionnaires which distinguished parents’ knowledge and attitude toward HPV vaccinations along with additional information such as socio-economic status, educational attainment, occupation, etc. In the study performed in Puerto Rico, 200 parents of 9-17 years old were given a self-administered questionnaire, and the results showed that over 62% have heard about the vaccination for males and 71% are willing to get their sons vaccinated. More than 41% of parents with unvaccinated sons revealed that the primary reason they did not get them vaccinated was because they were unaware that boys were allowed to get the vaccine. In the Uganda study consisting of 1,508 parents, 83% of them believed that HVP vaccinations are very important for sons. Interestingly, in the third study in Caribbean Americans and African Americans, over 68% of parents were interested in their sons receiving the vaccine but only 1 in 2 though that their sons actually needed it. The self-administered surveys posed a concern for validity for all studies. From these studies, we hope to further more research on the Filipino-American community in Daly City, California to assess mother’ prior knowledge of HPV and to learn how they feel about vaccinating their adolescent sons. Targeted HPV-specific education by providers could lead to high vaccine uptake in all types of populations.