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Development of Digital Storytelling Intervention to Promote Vietnamese American (ASUF 30007302)

Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States; related healthcare costs are about $1.7 billion U.S. annually. Vietnamese American females are disproportionately affected by cervical cancer. While cervical cancer can be detected early with regular Papanicolaou testing, it remains one of the top 10 cancers occurring in Vietnamese American females. HPV vaccines offer hope against HPV-associated cancers and diseases. The high morbidity, mortality, and economic burden attributed to cancer-causing HPV call for nursing researchers to address this public health concern through vigorous prevention efforts, including HPV vaccination. This study aims to (1) develop digital, personal stories about the HPV and HPV vaccination among Vietnamese American women with adolescent children who have been vaccinated against HPV, and (2) share these stories with a separate community group of Vietnamese American mothers and compare their attitudes, beliefs, and intention to change behavior before and after viewing the digital stories. For aim 1, we collaborate with Vietnamese American mothers and ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to develop two digital stories in English and in Vietnamese. For aim 2, we share the digital stories with a separate community group of 30 Vietnamese American mothers who have an unvaccinated child aged 11-17 via Facebook. These mothers watch the digital stories and complete pre- and posttest via online surveys to assess participants’ health history, HPV-related items (e.g., attitudes toward behavior, beliefs, vaccination intention) and story effects. This storytelling intervention provides a noninvasive, easy-to-deliver, inexpensive, and holistic way for nurses to promote healthy outcomes in a vulnerable and underserved population at a high risk of developing HPV-associated cancers and diseases.

Project Details

Angela Chen
Principal Investigator

CONHI Faculty
Linda Larkey
Sunny Kim
Research Area(s)
Infectious Disease
Population Health
Asian American Population
Arizona State University Foundation (ASUF)/American Nurses Foundation

Funding Duration
2016 to 2017