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ERIC Number: EJ918808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0268-1153
Media Health Literacy (MHL): Development and Measurement of the Concept among Adolescents
Levin-Zamir, Diane; Lemish, Dafna; Gofin, Rosa
Health Education Research, v26 n2 p323-335 Apr 2011
Increasing media use among adolescents and its significant influence on health behavior warrants in-depth understanding of their response to media content. This study developed the concept and tested a model of Media Health Literacy (MHL), examined its association with personal/socio-demographic determinants and reported sources of health information, while analyzing its role in promoting empowerment and health behavior (cigarette/water-pipe smoking, nutritional/dieting habits, physical/sedentary activity, safety/injury behaviors and sexual behavior). The school-based study included a representative sample of 1316 Israeli adolescents, grades 7, 9 and 11, using qualitative and quantitative instruments to develop the new measure. The results showed that the MHL measure is highly scalable (0.80) includes four sequenced categories: identification/recognition, critical evaluation of health content in media, perceived influence on adolescents and intended action/reaction. Multivariate analysis showed that MHL was significantly higher among girls ([beta] = 1.25, P less than 0.001), adolescents whose mothers had higher education ([beta] = 0.16, P = 0.04), who report more adult/interpersonal sources of health information ([beta] = 0.23, P less than 0.01) and was positively associated with health empowerment ([beta] = 0.36, P less than 0.0005) and health behavior ([beta] = 0.03, P = 0.05). The findings suggest that as a determinant of adolescent health behavior, MHL identifies groups at risk and may provide a basis for health promotion among youth.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 11; Grade 7; Grade 9
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel