What does health literacy mean to children?

Fok, M.S.M.; Wong, T.K.S.

Contemporary Nurse 13(2-3): 249-258


ISSN/ISBN: 1037-6178
DOI: 10.5172/conu.13.2-3.249
Accession: 068502590

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This study employed the Delphi technique to define the meaning of health literacy to children and to investigate possible ways lead to them to become health literate. According to the experts' perspectives, the meaning of health literacy to children is "to perform physical and psycho-social activities with appropriate standards; being able to interact with people; cope with necessary changes and demand reasonable autonomy so as to achieve complete physical, mental and social well-being". In order to assist children develop healthy physical, psycho-social well-being so as to demonstrate that they are health literate, parents, teachers and significant others have to support and guide the children by demonstrating good practices regarding health-related behaviors. The study serves as a reference for developing healthy childhood that leads to healthy adulthood and healthy elderly.