Effects of Health Literacy and Social Capital on Health Information Behavior

Yong Chan Kim, Ji Young Lim, Keeho Park

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Abstract

This study aimed to examine whether social capital (bonding and bridging social capital) attenuate the effect of low functional health literacy on health information resources, efficacy, and behaviors. In-person interviews were conducted with 1,000 residents in Seoul, Korea, in 2011. The authors found that respondents functional health literacy had positive effects on the scope of health information sources and health information self-efficacy but not health information-seeking intention. Respondents social capital had positive effects on the scope of health information sources, health information efficacy, and health information-seeking intention. The authors found (a) a significant moderation effect of bridging social capital on the relation between health literacy and health information self-efficacy and (b) a moderation effect of bonding social capital on the relation between health literacy and health information-seeking intention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1084-1094
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Communication
Volume20
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 2

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Library and Information Sciences

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