ERIC Number: EJ943571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
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Assessing the Readability of Mental Health Internet Brochures for Children and Adolescents
King, Maia M.; Winton, Alan S. W.; Adkins, Angela D.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v12 n1 p91-99 Mar 2003
We investigated the readability of seven mental health brochures on mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders in children that were selected from a website developed by the Center for Mental Health Services at http://www.mentalhealth.org. The reading grade levels of the brochures ranged from 11.1 to 14.8 (mean 13.23), considerably higher than the 8th grade level recommended for educational material by the U. S. Department of Education (1986). On other readability variables, assessed using the Readability Assessment Instrument (RAIN; Singh, 1994), all brochures met criterion on most variables but failed on those for new words (audience appropriateness) and print size. This is a favorable result in comparison with other studies that have assessed readability of mental health information on the Internet using the RAIN, although less so with reading grade levels.
Descriptors: Health Services, Readability, Emotional Disturbances, Mental Health, Behavior Disorders, Instructional Materials, Internet, Access to Information, Children, Adolescents
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