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ERIC Number: EJ848430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Identity Theft and Consumer Health Education: A Case Study Teaching the Skill of Decision Making
Jefson, Cristy A.
Journal of School Health, v77 n7 p373-378 Sep 2007
Identity theft is the fastest growing white-collar crime in America, increasing 40% annually. Identity theft occurs when personal-identifying information, such as a social security number, date of birth, or address, is used to commit fraud. From January 1, 2005, to December 31, 2005, 255,565 people in the United States were victims of identity theft. During this time, the most prominent type of identity theft was credit card fraud. With 61% of all identity theft victims failing to notify a police department to file a report, there is a need for distributing information and building a knowledge base regarding this issue. Of the total number of identity theft victims, the highest percentage of victims (29%) came from the range of 18-29 years, making this issue relevant when teaching consumer health education to young adults. Health education, ideally, is preventive education, serving to inform students of health education issues prior to real-life exposure to the idea where life-long consequences to decisions may exist. This article presents an identity theft case study that links the skill of decision making to consumer health education as a tool to promote prevention education. This teaching technique is appropriate for middle school and high school students studying consumer health education. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Social Security