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Vaccination: An Essential Protection of Children or a Free Decision of Parents? Cause Behind Parents’ Decision to Not Vaccinate Their Children, in Greece

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Zachariadou Ourania – Eleni (Rania)*, Anastasia Papadopoulou

Department of Social and Educational Policy, University of Peloponnese, Corinth, Greece.

*Corresponding author: Zachariadou Ourania – Eleni (Rania)


The present study attempts to explore existing findings related to parents’ decision to not follow recommended vaccination schedule on their children. Through qualitative research methods we investigate causes leading to such parental decision. The research is taking place in Greece. Researchers conducted semi-constructed interviews with a sample of 9 parents who avoid recommended vaccination schedule. Prior to the research ethical issues and concerns have been taken into consideration and applied. The data analysis was performed based on the themes extracted in the interviews. In the discussion section we address the findings in greater detail, establishing links and contrasts with results found in previous research in other countries. The main aim of this research is to examine in depth the reasons explaining parents’ decision in the Greek context and link the context of such decision with both children’s and parents’ rights. At the same time, we aspire that by giving voice to parents’ explanation, society and medical actors may obtain a better understanding of the phenomenon, as an attempt to open the field for discussion and future research, with purpose the best serving of Children’s Rights.


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How to cite this paper

Vaccination: An Essential Protection of Children or a Free Decision of Parents? Cause Behind Parents’ Decision to Not Vaccinate Their Children, in Greece

How to cite this paper: Zachariadou Ourania – Eleni (Rania), Anastasia Papadopoulou. (2022). Vaccination: An Essential Protection of Children or a Free Decision of Parents? Cause Behind Parents’ Decision to Not Vaccinate Their Children, in Greece. The Educational Review, USA6(9), 464-472.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/er.2022.09.003

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