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A Study Determining the Health Literacy Levels of Young Adults During COVID-19

A Study Determining the Health Literacy Levels of Young Adults During COVID-19
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Author(s): Sebnem Ceylan Apaydın (Sakarya University, Turkey)and Cengiz Apaydın (Selcuk University, Turkey)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 23
Source title: Handbook of Research on Cyberchondria, Health Literacy, and the Role of Media in Society’s Perception of Medical Information
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Hacer Aker (Selcuk University, Turkey)and Mary Aiken (University of East London, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8630-3.ch014


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COVID-19 caused a massive quarantine around the world and also raised the need for individuals to obtain accurate information about their health. Health-related information that exists on the internet can be similar to misinformation, and this can confuse people and create fear and anxiety. Health literacy, defined as motivation with cognitive and social skills to obtain accurate information about health, understand and use the information to protect the health of individuals, is important in this context, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic period has demonstrated the importance of the ability to use digital communication tools. In this study, a survey was undertaken using field research methodology. The sample was a group of 407 people studying at Sakarya University, Selcuk University, and Konya Technical University. As a result of the research, it was determined that the general health literacy of the young adult group studying in the field of social sciences at the university was of a sufficient standard.

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