Developing and Pilot Testing a Digital Storytelling Intervention to Promote HPV Vaccination among Vietnamese American Adolescents

Angela Chia-Chen Chen


We co-developed digital, personal stories about human papilloma virus (HPV) and HPV vaccination with Vietnamese American (VN) mothers of vaccinated adolescents, and examined the preliminary effect of the digital storytelling (DST) intervention in a community group of VN mothers who had unvaccinated adolescents. We compared HPV-related knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and vaccination intent of VN mothers in the community group before and after viewing the digital stories (intervention). Stories 2-3 minutes in length were produced in Vietnamese and in English through a two-day workshop in collaboration with 2 VN mothers. Ten VN mothers who have unvaccinated adolescents viewed the stories and filled out an anonymous survey before and after the intervention. After the intervention, 100% (n = 10; M age = 48 years; SD = 6.72) of mothers intended to get their children vaccinated. Further, all mothers would recommend the digital stories to their relatives, friends or colleagues. This brief intervention using digital stories showed preliminary effects on promoting Vietnamese American mothers’ intent to vaccinate their adolescent children against HPV


adolescent health; digital stories; intervention; health promotion; HPV; vaccine; Vietnamese American

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