Suggs, L. Suzanne; Cowdery, Joan E.; Noll, Debra
December 2010
American Journal of Health Studies;2010, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p186
Academic Journal
Given the health disparities for Hispanic women, it is important to understand factors that influence health information seeking behavior. This study aimed to examine the extent to which educated Hispanic women seek out health information, sources used, and the factors that motivated health information seeking behavior. Focus groups were conducted with Latinas attending university. Results show they were not involved in regular health information seeking, resulting from beliefs that health outcomes were distant, coupled with the perception that certain behaviors were determined and reinforced by cultural practices. Results can be used to guide health communication development and future studies.


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