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Table 4 Categories of parent conviction and motivation in statement about vaccination

From: Maternal perceptions of childhood vaccination: explanations of reasons for and against vaccination

Level Why Vaccinate n (%) Exemplars Why Vaccinate Why Not Vaccinate n (%) Exemplars Why Not Vaccinate
Level of Conviction
 Conviction 629 (42%) “Felt it was the responsible medical decision given the potential health risks associated with the alternative” (810445) 91 (54%) “We are doing homeopathic vaccines with naturopath” (710272)
 Lack of Conviction 68 (5%) “I was scared not to immunize but was not completely comfortable with it” (818019) 15 (9%) “Did a lot of research and am somewhat worried about all the side effects.” (812348)
 Unknown 784 (53%) “immunity protection” (810450) 63 (37%) “His father was against it, I am considering getting him immunized” (830900)
 Intrinsic 248 (17%) “in my opinion vaccinations are providing additional tools for the health of my child” (810524) 8 (5%) “Choosing to delay vaccinations” (812381)
 Extrinsic 268 (18%) “Doctor’s recommendation” (812319) 104 (61%) “Recommendation by naturopath to delay until 2 years if possible unless travelling. He stays at home and is not exposed to sick kids.” (810512)
 Unknown 965 (65%) “Good for us” (515024) 57 (34%) “Husband is against vaccines and I am still ‘on the fence’” (818124)
  1. Footnote. The definitions for types of motivation and conviction are as follows. Intrinsic motivation: decision to vaccinate/not vaccinate with no mention of an outside influence. Extrinsic motivation: indicating influence from another person aside from the husband, e.g. a doctor, naturopath, or extended family. Conviction: words or phrases that were clear either vaccinating, not getting their child vaccinated, not getting certain vaccines, or delaying all or some vaccines. Lack of conviction: contained words or phrases that showed uncertainty. Unknown: either too few words to tell or if statements were very general