Author

Amanda Boldy

Date of Award

12-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Health and Physical Education

First Advisor

David Wachob

Second Advisor

Christine Black

Third Advisor

Michael Kostick

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to help establish the sources of information on where parents currently receive information regarding vaccination; whether from credible sources or social media sites. A survey was electronically dispersed to parents of children ages 0-12 years old through a social media site (Facebook) examining what their perceptions of vaccinations and what source of information they used to come to their decisions. The most significant finding after analysis of the survey was a significantly moderate negative correlation (r = -.367, p = .01) between parents who ranked using social media as their primary source of information indicated that they did not, or will not, vaccinate their child(ren). This showed that the parents who reported that they have or plan to vaccinate their child(ren) based on the recommended schedule, were less likely to use social media as a source of vaccination information.

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