So This New Study May Explain Why Some Parents Don’t Vaccinate Their Kids

If there is one single debate in the parenting world that truly shows no sign of slowing down, it’s the discussion centered on vaccinating children. Whether you’re midconversation at the park or perusing Facebook after putting the kids to bed, the topic sends parents into an all-out fury no matter which side of the argument they’re on. Now, a new study published by researchers at Emory University in the medical journal Nature Human Behaviour seeks to uncover why some people choose to vaccinate their kids and others opt out. The most intriguing part of the study has to do with the benchmarks they used to measure their findings. Researchers looked at parents’ decision-making processes by evaluating which “values” they consider to be the most important.

The study authors’ goal was to “understand how underlying morals, not just attitudes, differ by hesitancy type to develop [vaccine] interventions that work with individual values.” In order to measure this, they modeled their study on the moral foundations theory. In layman’s terms, researchers dug deep into a person’s moral…