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ERIC Number: EJ912766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1368-1613
Cultural Differences in the Health Information Environments and Practices between Finnish and Japanese University Students
Askola, Kreetta; Atsushi, Toshimori; Huotari, Maija-Leena
Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, v15 n4 Dec 2010
Introduction: The aim of this study was to identify cultural differences in the information environment and information practices, namely active seeking and encountering, of web-based health information between Finnish and Japanese university students. Method: The data were gathered with a Web-based survey among first-year university students at the University of Oulu, Finland, in 2007, and the University of Tsukuba, Japan, in 2008. Analysis: The data were analysed quantitatively with SPSS 17.0 for Windows using mainly cross-tabulations and Chi-squared tests. Findings: The statistically significant differences focused on the general information environment, and to the information practices used within several health information topics, including weight management related topics. Conclusion: The cultural differences may influence the seeking of Web-based health information and should be examined more thoroughly in future studies, which should be apply both qualitative and quantitative methods. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland; Japan