Competency of health information acquisition and intention for active health behaviour in Children

Authors

  • Lawrence T Lam
  • Mary KP Lam

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3823/1674

Keywords:

Health information seeking, Health behaviour, Intention, Children, Epidemiology study, Survey

Abstract

Objective: To investigate the association between competency of health information acquisition, both online and offline, and the intention for active health behaviour in children.
Methods: This study was a population-based cross-sectional health survey utilising a two-stage random cluster sampling design conducted in a major city. Competency of health information acquisition was assessed by a rating scale designed specifically for this study. The intention for active health behaviour was measured by a vignettebased question. Data were analysed using multiple logistic regression modelling techniques with adjustment to the cluster sampling effect and potential confounding factors.
Results: After adjusting for potential confounding factors and the cluster sampling effect, intention for active health behaviour was significantly associated with competency of health information acquisition both online (OR=1.06, 95%C.I.=1.01-1.12) and offline (OR=1.08, 95%C.I.=1.02-1.18).
Conclusions: Results suggested a positive relationship between competency of health information acquisition, both online and offline, and the intention for active health behaviour which have important public health implications on child health behaviour.

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Published

2015-04-12

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Section

Global Health & Health Policy