EHealth Literacy in Spanish-Speaking Adolescents




Wickenhiser, Anna

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While adolescents account for approximately 42 million people in the United States (U.S.), the lack of research on their health literacy is devasting (U.S. Census Bureau, 2020). Previous research shows that positive adolescent health behaviors can be promoted by influencing adolescent health literacy. However, there is limited research on health literacy in Spanish-speaking adolescents. More specifically, there is very little research on eHealth literacy. Based on the framework for studying adolescent health literacy (Manganello, 2008), the purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationships among individual traits, health literacy and eHealth literacy of Spanish-speaking American adolescents. In this descriptive, correlational, cross-sectional study, data was collected from 121 American Spanish- speaking adolescents via Qualtrics. Significant correlations were found between age and current grade level (r=0.766, p<0.001) as well as health literacy and eHealth literacy (r=0.199, p<0.05). There were no other significant correlations. These findings encourage curiosity and beg for further research to be done in this field.



EHealth literacy. Health literacy. Adolescents. Spanish-Speaking.