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ERIC Number: EJ1074288
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0748-5786
A Study of Information-Seeking Behaviors and Processes of New Zealand Men during Periods of Life-Stress
Wellstead, Peta
Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, v55 n3 p251-254 Sum 2014
New Zealand men have poor health outcomes in a range of domains compared to women. They also report barriers (both personal and structural) in their information-seeking behaviors and processes to improve health and wellbeing. This paper reports a research project in progress that is investigating the information-seeking behaviors and processes of New Zealand men during episodes of life-stress that may place them at risk. The project is investigating the ways that information can be provided to encourage men to engage in information-seeking in a more timely way to improve their health and wellbeing. Results from a pilot study for the current project conducted in 2013 (n = 307) suggest that New Zealand men face considerable barriers accessing information and support, and the pathways to care are often unclear or absent. The findings from the current nationwide study will present opportunities for service providers to be better informed about ways to engage men with information and support in ways that appeal to them. Greater appeal and applicability of information may result in more timely uptake by men experiencing life-stress and result in improved health outcomes. The information-seeking behaviors and processes of men and women across the lifespan needs to be acknowledged more readily by LIS practitioners and supported by appropriate curriculum innovations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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