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How health literate are the igeneration Filipinos? Health literacy among Filipino early adolescents in middle schools

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Health literacy among Filipino early adolescents in middle schools

College

College of Liberal Arts

Department/Unit

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Source Title

Asia-Pacific Social Science Review

Volume

19

Issue

3

First Page

16

Last Page

29

Publication Date

1-1-2019

Abstract

This paper describes the level of health literacy among middle school students in the Philippines. It specifically determines their level of knowledge of health as well as their health-related skills, attitudes, and values. This paper assumes that middle school children, being part of the iGeneration, will have a higher level of health literacy owing to their better access to Internet technology. School-age children in the Philippines who were born in the early years of 2000 have grown up with high technology such that they have at their fingertips all sources of knowledge about health. Aside from the Internet, students are also taught different health and nutrition-related knowledge in many school subjects, including science, health, and physical education. The study involved 855 middle school students (grades 6 to 9) selected through purposive sampling. They came from 12 private/public elementary/junior high schools, urban/peri-urban/rural areas, and places in the north and south of the Philippines. The results reveal that the middle school students have low to very low level of health literacy. This presents a bigger challenge to the basic health education in the country. Middle school children may not necessarily consider health as a pressing priority in their daily lives. Instead of familiarizing themselves with health topics, they are preoccupied using the Internet for other purposes. Thus, this necessitates basic education to carefully rethink how best to integrate health literacy in the curriculum using different strategies of learning and teaching. © 2019 by De La Salle University.

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Disciplines

Health Psychology | Psychology

Keywords

Health literacy--Philippines; Health education--Philippines; Middle school students—Health and hygiene--Philippines

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