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Title:Health Information-Seeking Behavior among U.S.-Born, Korean-Born, and Immigrant Korean Mothers
Author(s):Lee, Hanseul Stephanie
Subject(s):Health information
Mixed research methods
Abstract:Historically, mothers have been noted as active health information seekers, reflecting their roles as health mangers and caregivers for their family members. Previous studies have focused on health information behavior among mothers in native populations or mothers of children with specific diagnoses. Using Wilson’s (1997) information-seeking model, this study aimed to uncover patterns in information-seeking behavior among U.S.-born, Korean-born, and immigrant Korean mothers of children without a specific diagnosis. Mixed research methods were used to investigate health information seeking behavioral differences, which may have been affected by individual and source characteristics. Three distinctive groups of mothers were studied: (a) American mothers born in and living in the U.S., (b) Korean mothers born in and living in Korea, and (c) Korean mothers born in Korea who immigrated to the U.S. Online surveys were completed by 851 mothers, and supplementary indepth interviews with 24 mothers were conducted and analyzed. Results revealed that there were noticeable differences among the three groups of mothers’ source preferences and frequency of using each source. For instance, although the World Wide Web was the most frequently used health information source among all three groups of mothers, the U.S.-born mothers preferred doctors and nurses the most for their information needs. Furthermore, there were many similarities between immigrant Korean mothers living in the U.S. and Korean mothers who reside in Korea concerning health information-seeking behavior. Findings have potential contributions. First, to the practice, understanding the unique health information-seeking behavior of specific ethnicities and nationalities is important for information professionals who guide them to trustworthy sources. Second, in the future research, this research may be possibly expanded to examine other ethnicities’ health information-seeking behavior in the U.S. and beyond other countries with large immigrant populations.
Issue Date:2020-10-13
Series/Report:Information Seeking
Information Use
Specific Populations
Sociology of Information
Social Media
Genre:Conference Poster
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-10-09

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