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Health Literacy in Korean Adults and Korean American Immigrants: Implications for Achieving Health Equity

Title
Health Literacy in Korean Adults and Korean American Immigrants: Implications for Achieving Health Equity
Authors
Chung S.Lee H.Y.Lee M.
Ewha Authors
정순둘
SCOPUS Author ID
정순둘scopus
Issue Date
2021
Journal Title
International Quarterly of Community Health Education
ISSN
0272-684XJCR Link
Citation
International Quarterly of Community Health Education vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 29 - 36
Keywords
health accessibilityhealth disparityhealth literacyimmigrantsKorean adults
Publisher
SAGE Publications Inc.
Indexed
SCOPUS scopus
Document Type
Article
Abstract
Health literacy is necessary to understand health information and make appropriate decisions regarding one’s health. This study aims to investigate (1) the health literacy level of Korean citizens and Korean American (KA) immigrants in the United States and (2) factors that influence health literacy across three age groups. A quota sampling method was used to collect cross-sectional survey data from 404 Korean participants and 404 KA immigrants. Andersen’s behavioral model was used as the theoretical framework for this study. Overall, Korean participants had a higher mean score on health literacy than did the KA immigrants. Only one of predisposing and enabling factors were significant variables influencing health literacy in KA immigrants, while several predisposing, enabling and need factors were significantly associated with health literacy in Korean adults. Our findings indicate that both countries need to have a community-based health literacy educational program that is tailored to each age group. © The Author(s) 2020.
DOI
10.1177/0272684X20973511
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