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“Social science is a category of academic disciplines, concerned with [human] society and the relationships among individuals within a society” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_science, 2018).
Social science offers social and behavioural explanations to provide understandings of how the world works. Social scientists investigate interpersonal and intrapersonal behaviour. They draw on a number of social science ‘branches’, and therefore use a variety of research approaches and methods.
Social science research enables insights into how people behave and their underlying decision making processes. Some of the social science ‘branches’ we draw on in immunisation research are anthropology, communication studies, linguistics, political science, psychology, public health, and sociology.
The term ‘social research’ is commonly used to refer to work done by researchers from various disciplines who share the same aims and use similar, relevant research tools and methods.
The social science program at NCIRS is centred on research to help identify factors influencing the uptake of vaccines relevant to Australia. Our research is mostly descriptive, identifying immunisation-related beliefs, attitudes and practices of individuals and families, and health professionals. It also extends to mass communications research, such as news and social media analyses, and an MMR vaccine decision aid for parents.
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