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ERIC Number: EJ833232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
A Tailored Approach to Identifying and Addressing College Students' Online Health Information Literacy
Banas, Jennifer
American Journal of Health Education, v39 n4 p228-236 Jul-Aug 2008
Background: College students may fail to practice information literacy skills because they are unaware of their skill level or are not concerned with the risks. Purpose: In order to develop an effective message that motivates college students to learn online health information literacy skills, a better understanding of perceptions about such skills and use of the internet to locate health information is needed. Methods: A risk assessment and internet use survey were administered to participants (n=98). The risk assessment evaluated and grouped individuals into one of three risk-response states based on perceived threat severity and susceptibility, as well as perceived self- and response-efficacy. Discussion: Risk-response states and frequency of internet use to locate health information varied significantly (p less than 0.001). A significant relationship was also found between frequency of use and risk-response state (p less than 0.01). Topics most researched included an illness or condition; nutrition, exercise, or weight-control issues; and mental health issues. Translation to Health Education Practice: When seeking to motivate college students to learn online health information literacy skills, educators should tailor their messages based on risk-response states, frequency of internet use to locate health information, and topics researched. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois
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