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Improving the Health Literacy and Self-Efficacy of Disadvantaged Youth

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
Project at a Glance: 
  • Status: Active
  • Launch: Summer 2013
  • Funding Agencies: Center for Public Service Communications
  • Team: Mega Subramaniam, Beth St. Jean, Natalie Greene Taylor & Rebecca Follman 
  • Mission: To increase the interest of middle school students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the health sciences and to improve their ability to look for and evaluate health-related information, their health-related literacy and self-efficacy, and their ultimate health outcomes
  • Target Population: Disadvantaged tweens (youth aged 11 to 13) attending selected Title I middle schools.
  • Website: http://hackhealth.umd.edu

This project will investigate ways to increase tweens’ interest in the health sciences, their health-related literacy and self-efficacy, their ability to look for and evaluate health-related information, and their ultimate health outcomes.

 

Preliminary Research Questions:

(1) How do tweens go about looking for and evaluating health-related information online and how do they perceive the various health-related resources available online?

(2) How can we best teach tweens to look for and evaluate health-related information online?

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