Relationship of Preventive Health Practices and Health Literacy: A National Study
Methods : Measured health literacy and preventive health practices for a nationally representative sample of adults (N = 18,100) and conducted probit regression analyses after controlling for age, gender, race/ethnicity, poverty level, insurance status, self-reported health status, and oral reading fluency.
Results : Low literacy was associated with a decreased likelihood of using most preventive health measures under study for adults aged 65 and older, but not for adults of 2 younger age groups.
Conclusion : The relationship between health literacy and preventive health practices varied substantially by adult age group.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1 Project Officer, National Assessment of Adult Literacy, National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Publication date: 2008-05-01
The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.
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