Youth

Improving the Health Literacy and Self-Efficacy of Disadvantaged Youth

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
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

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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