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eHealth Literacy, Awareness of Pandemic Infectious Diseases, and Healthy Lifestyle in Middle School Students

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College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul 03080, Korea
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College of Nursing, The Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul National University, Seoul 03080, Korea
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Children 2021, 8(8), 699; https://doi.org/10.3390/children8080699
Received: 28 June 2021 / Revised: 3 August 2021 / Accepted: 12 August 2021 / Published: 13 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Pediatric Nursing)
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented public health crisis worldwide. This pandemic has led to the spread of online misinformation, closure of schools, postponement of re-opening of schools, and restrictions on healthy outdoor activities. These, in turn, have caused a disruption in the daily life of middle school students. This study aimed to identify the relationships between eHealth literacy, awareness of pandemic infectious diseases, and healthy lifestyle in middle school students. For this purpose, we conducted a descriptive, correlational study in two cities in the capital of South Korea. A total of 138 middle school students completed self-reported questionnaires about eHealth literacy, awareness of pandemic infectious diseases, and healthy lifestyle. Middle school students displayed moderate levels of eHealth literacy (3.72 ± 0.97), awareness of pandemic infectious diseases (3.33 ± 0.92), and healthy lifestyle (2.98 ± 0.72). Positive correlations were found between eHealth literacy and awareness of pandemic infectious diseases (r = 0.44, p < 0.001), between eHealth literacy and healthy lifestyle (r = 0.52, p < 0.001), and between awareness of pandemic infectious diseases and healthy lifestyle (r = 0.38, p < 0.001). These findings suggest that eHealth literacy may be an important aspect of increasing the awareness about pandemic infectious diseases and forming healthy lifestyle habits in Korean middle school students during the COVID-19 pandemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: eHealth literacy; pandemic; infectious disease; COVID-19; healthy lifestyle; middle school students; adolescents eHealth literacy; pandemic; infectious disease; COVID-19; healthy lifestyle; middle school students; adolescents
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Choi, S.; Bang, K.-S.; Shin, D.-A. eHealth Literacy, Awareness of Pandemic Infectious Diseases, and Healthy Lifestyle in Middle School Students. Children 2021, 8, 699. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8080699

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Choi S, Bang K-S, Shin D-A. eHealth Literacy, Awareness of Pandemic Infectious Diseases, and Healthy Lifestyle in Middle School Students. Children. 2021; 8(8):699. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8080699

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Choi, Sinyoung, Kyung-Sook Bang, and Da-Ae Shin. 2021. "eHealth Literacy, Awareness of Pandemic Infectious Diseases, and Healthy Lifestyle in Middle School Students" Children 8, no. 8: 699. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8080699

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