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Assessing Knowledge-Based and Perceived Health Literacy Among Japanese Adolescents: A Cross-Sectional Study.


ABSTRACT: Health literacy assessment is a major aspect of planning health education for adolescents. We evaluated the health literacy of Japanese adolescents using both perceived and knowledge-based health literacy scales. Study questionnaires were administered to 773 junior and senior high school students aged 12 to 18 years. We tested a model describing the hierarchical relations between functional, communicative, critical, and knowledge-based health literacy using path analysis. Critical health literacy was found to be influenced by functional, communicative, and knowledge-based health literacy, while functional and knowledge-based health literacy were correlated. The model, with slight modification, was supported. The result indicates that perceived functional health literacy scores did not directly correlate with higher perceived critical health literacy; rather, they only informed critical health literacy when participants had high knowledge-based health literacy.

SUBMITTER: Tsubakita T 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC7450286 | BioStudies | 2020-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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