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ERIC Number: EJ888068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
"Reputable" but Inaccurate: Reproductive Health Information for Adolescents on the Web
Yen, Sophia
Knowledge Quest, v38 n3 p62-65 Jan-Feb 2010
When it comes to health information, many people turn to the Internet first, believing the Web to be current. Young adults (ages eighteen to twenty-nine) are 21 percent more likely to seek information about sexual health information online than are other age cohorts. In this study, the author surveyed a list of websites in order to determine the prevalence of sexual health myths on the websites, to determine if the websites have revised their contents, and to identify factually correct websites to which providers can recommend their patients. Despite many of these websites being "respected" and even certified by quality organizations such as URAC (an accreditation company), the sites did not provide up-to-date information. The study found that most "reputable" health websites were either not "up to date" or inaccurate on their information regarding reproductive health, especially in the areas of adolescent medicine and emergency contraception. Also, many websites failed to address "common myths." The author offers recommendations for searchers and website authors and publishers, and describes top six sexual health facts missed by health websites. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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