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Title:Health information seeking behaviors among mothers of young healthy children: A comparative study of U.S. mothers and Korean immigrant mothers
Author(s):Lee, Hanseul Stephanie
Subject(s):Human information behavior
Health information
Comparative study
Abstract:The goal of this study is to compare health information seeking behaviors between two groups: U.S. mothers and immigrant Korean mothers living in the U.S. With a nonprobability sampling method, data were collected from five online communities via an online survey; 480 completed responses were analyzed. Descriptive statistics and independent t-tests were implemented in analyzing the data. Nearly all mothers (U.S. mothers = 93.0%; immigrant Korean mothers = 94.2%) had sought health information in the past 6 months. Also, among 14 information sources, the World Wide Web was the most frequently used source in both groups. The findings confirm that mothers are active health information seekers considering their roles as caregivers or health managers for their children. This implies that appropriate usages of a few social media platforms (e.g. online communities) have great potential for information professionals who try to provide health information to mothers with high information needs.
Issue Date:2019-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2019 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Hanseul Stephanie Lee
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-03-22

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