Anti-Vaxx Stories

Posted 1 year ago by Dan Bustillos

School(s) : Nursing and Health Studies
Primary PI Name : Dan Bustillos
Email : danbus@uw.edu
Phone : 425-352-3542
Project/Faculty Website : https://www.uwb.edu/nhs/facultyandstaff/faculty/dbustillos
Research Location : UW Bothell
Project Goals : What this study is about: Vaccination has proven controversial in certain public discourses and communities despite conclusive scientific evidence and the widespread agreement by healthcare communities of immunization’s preventive public health benefits and the low risks that modern vaccines pose. Unfortunately, the controversy has become polarized and emotionally explosive, making any possibility of a beneficial dialogue elusive. This qualitative study will use narrative approaches in psychological inquiry to examine the structures, tropes and themes of the stories people construct to make sense of the practice of vaccination, with the hope that a comparison between the stories used by people of varying beliefs can aid a more constructive conversation between these groups to emerge. Research methodology: This qualitative study will use narrative approaches in psychological inquiry to examine the structures, tropes and themes of the stories people construct to make sense of the practice of vaccination. We will interview people on various points on the pro-vaccination–anti-vaccination spectrum, elicit their narrative accounts of vaccination in order to analyze these using narrative approaches such as Narrative Network Analysis, Dialogical Narrative Analysis, and Narrative Practice. We will use these qualitative, narrative approaches to examine the stories that our participants use to form and navigate their identity as anti-vaccination, vaccine-hesitant, or pro-vaccination. After assessing the various themes, tropes and structures of the stories, we will use the data to compare our findings across the different groups. I hope to find instances of consonance as well as dissonance between the narratives that might prove helpful in fostering strategies for productive communication between these groups.
Student Qualifications : MS word, MS excel, SPSS, and qualitative research skills preferred.
Student Responsibilities : I am looking for student researchers to assist with several of the tasks required to carry out this qualitative study of the stories of people who consider themselves to be “vaccine-hesitant” or “anti-vaccination,” along with stories from people who identify as “pro-vaccine”. Although no experience with narratological research is necessary (you will be taught the basics of this approach), student researchers will need to possess certain other skills, while other skills are only preferred. Students will not be paid, though independent study credits are available.
Additional information : Project Website: danbustillos.com/antivaxx.html

  • School(s) : Nursing and Health Studies
  • Primary PI Name : Dan Bustillos
  • Interested? Contact Faculty Researcher by Email : danbus@uw.edu
  • Phone : 425-352-3542
  • Project/Faculty Website : https://www.uwb.edu/nhs/facultyandstaff/faculty/dbustillos
  • Research Location : UW Bothell
  • Project Goals : What this study is about: Vaccination has proven controversial in certain public discourses and communities despite conclusive scientific evidence and the widespread agreement by healthcare communities of immunization’s preventive public health benefits and the low risks that modern vaccines pose. Unfortunately, the controversy has become polarized and emotionally explosive, making any possibility of a beneficial dialogue elusive. This qualitative study will use narrative approaches in psychological inquiry to examine the structures, tropes and themes of the stories people construct to make sense of the practice of vaccination, with the hope that a comparison between the stories used by people of varying beliefs can aid a more constructive conversation between these groups to emerge. Research methodology: This qualitative study will use narrative approaches in psychological inquiry to examine the structures, tropes and themes of the stories people construct to make sense of the practice of vaccination. We will interview people on various points on the pro-vaccination–anti-vaccination spectrum, elicit their narrative accounts of vaccination in order to analyze these using narrative approaches such as Narrative Network Analysis, Dialogical Narrative Analysis, and Narrative Practice. We will use these qualitative, narrative approaches to examine the stories that our participants use to form and navigate their identity as anti-vaccination, vaccine-hesitant, or pro-vaccination. After assessing the various themes, tropes and structures of the stories, we will use the data to compare our findings across the different groups. I hope to find instances of consonance as well as dissonance between the narratives that might prove helpful in fostering strategies for productive communication between these groups.
  • Student Qualifications : MS word, MS excel, SPSS, and qualitative research skills preferred.
  • Student Responsibilities : I am looking for student researchers to assist with several of the tasks required to carry out this qualitative study of the stories of people who consider themselves to be “vaccine-hesitant” or “anti-vaccination,” along with stories from people who identify as “pro-vaccine”. Although no experience with narratological research is necessary (you will be taught the basics of this approach), student researchers will need to possess certain other skills, while other skills are only preferred. Students will not be paid, though independent study credits are available.
  • Number of Student Positions Available : 2
  • Additional information : Project Website: danbustillos.com/antivaxx.html