Improving the Health Literacy, Health-Related Self-Efficacy, and Long-Term Health Outlook of Disadvantaged Youth through the Facilitation of Scientific Inquiry and Information Literacy Skills

Youth are increasingly engaging in self-directed information-seeking behavior on the Internet. This is particularly true for health information (Fergie, Hunt, & Hilton, 2013; Franck, Noble, & McEvoy, 2008; Kaiser Family Foundation, 2001; Smart et al, 2012). At the same time, studies have shown that youth often struggle to find credible and relevant sources (Gray et al, 2005; Eastin, 2008; Flanagin & Metzger, 2008).