Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Video: Risk Perceptions And Health Care- How Peoples Values Shape Perception of The HPV Vaccine

My friend Julianne recommended this video to me. I recommend you click on through to watch:
The “cultural cognition thesis” argues that individuals form risk perceptions based on often-contested personal views about what makes a good society. Now, Yale University Law professor Dr. Dan Kahan and his colleagues reveals how people’s values shape their perceptions of one of the most hotly debated health care proposals in recent years: vaccinating elementary-school girls, ages 11-12, against human papillomavirus (HPV), a widespread sexually transmitted disease.
The research seems to indicate that the cultural divide determines the willingness of people to accept expert testimony, with the same folk who deny global warming likely to deny the value of immunization against HPV.

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