Health Literacy of COVID-19 and Compliance with Precautionary Measures: A Cross-Sectional Study in Adolescents and Young Adults in Ireland

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Title: Health Literacy of COVID-19 and Compliance with Precautionary Measures: A Cross-Sectional Study in Adolescents and Young Adults in Ireland
Authors: Nearchou, FinikiFlinn, ClodaghFrench, AineHennessy, EilisKerin, LornaLinehan, Christine
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Date: 11-May-2022
Online since: 2022-07-12T13:39:02Z
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with an ‘infodemic’, and young people have reported difficulties dealing with COVID-19-related information. The present cross-sectional study aimed to explore health knowledge related to COVID-19 and accessing relevant information as aspects of health literacy in a cohort of adolescents and young adults residing in Ireland. It also aimed to explore COVID-19-related concerns and levels of compliance with precautionary measures. Data were collected from young people (n = 1009) aged 12–25 years old through an online anonymous survey. Our findings highlight that young people possessed sufficient knowledge about COVID-19 transmission routes and adhered to most precautionary measures. Young people believed that they were moderately likely to contract COVID-19 and highly likely to survive COVID-19 should they get infected. However, these patterns seemed to differ between adolescents and young adults as well as between participants living with and without a chronic health condition (CHC). These findings have implications that can inform knowledge on youth health literacy and health-related attitudes that go beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Contextual factors such as country context, age group, gender, and the absence or presence of a CHC are important characteristics to consider when designing public health awareness campaigns targeting a global health crisis.
Funding Details: Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown Children and Young People’s Services Committees
Healthy Ireland Fund
Department of Health
Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: MDPI
Journal: Youth
Volume: 2
Issue: 2
Start page: 165
End page: 180
Copyright (published version): 2022 The Authors
Keywords: Health literacyAdolescentsYoung adultsPandemicCOVID-19WorryCompliancePrecautionary measuresHealth informationBeliefsCoronavirus
DOI: 10.3390/youth2020013
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 2673-995X
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