Type of Document Thesis Author McCormick, Catherine Carol Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-04072004-210219 Title A Comparison of Immunization Adherence Rates for Indigent and Non-indigent 2-Year-Olds Degree Master of Science Department Nursing, School of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Jeanne Flannery Committee Chair Keywords
Date of Defense 2004-03-17 Availability unrestricted AbstractThis study compared immunization adherence rates and demographic characteristics of 288 indigent and non-indigent 2-year-old children in Leon and surrounding Counties of North Florida. The hypothesis of the study was that indigence is not a primary influence of immunization non-adherence in this population.
The study validated the hypothesis by showing that non-indigent children are significantly less adherent than indigent children. It also demonstrated that focusing efforts on female, urban-dwelling, first-born, children of married, employed mothers would reach the largest group of non-adherent 2-year-olds.
Pender's Health Promotion and Revised Health Promotion Models were used as the conceptual framework for the study. These works help to explain the disease prevention and health promotion behaviors of individuals. In this study, the parents' behaviors in seeking immunizations for their children were the focus. As indicated by the data, indigent parents more frequently overcome barriers to immunization.
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