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Special Issue "Health Literacy Promotion in Young People"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Communication and Informatics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Kathryn Woods-Townsend
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Guest Editor
Southampton Education School, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Southampton and NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, University of Southampton & University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, UK
Interests: health literacy; adolescents; behaviour change; healthy lifestyle choices; non-communicable diseases; science education; scientific literacy
Dr. Celine Murrin
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Guest Editor
School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sport Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Interests: lifecourse nutrition; socio-environmental determinants of food choice; promoting healthy eating in childhood and adolescence; health literacy
Dr. Jacquie Bay
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Guest Editor
Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Interests: scientific and health literacy; adolescent health; science communication; DOHaD knowledge translation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue seeks to consider health literacy promotion in young people.
Health literacy is described as having the knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence to use health and care information and services and to apply these to lifestyle choices. The adolescent period is increasingly being recognised as a key window of opportunity to support the development of healthy habits in young people to support both their long term health and that of their future family. As young people transition to adulthood and gain increasing autonomy and independence, learning how to manage their own health and build the skills to take ownership of their lifestyle choices is essential for them to support their longer term health.
Typically, programmes seeking to promote health literacy in young people are delivered through health education in schools. Schools have long been seen as an ideal setting for such programmes, and yet their impact remains varied. Understanding how best to deliver public health interventions in school settings and strengthening the communication between public health practitioners and educationalists will have far reaching benefits. This Special Issue, therefore, aims to explore experiences of health promotion programme delivery to increase the health literacy of young people in education systems in different countries. We hope to share expertise and look for commonalities, divergences, success stories and barriers to ensure future interventions have the best chance of success.
Thus, this Special Issue of IJERPH seeks papers on experiences of health literacy interventions aimed at young people. Papers from across the world are encouraged. By sharing our experiences we can move toward a clearer understanding of how best to work within the education system to support young people. Empirical studies and high-quality systematic reviews will be considered.

Dr. Kathryn Woods-Townsend
Dr. Celine Murrin
Dr. Jacquie Bay
Guest Editors

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  • adolescent health
  • health literacy
  • health education

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Parental Self-Efficacy to Promote Children’s Healthy Lifestyles: A Pilot and Feasibility Study
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 4794; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094794 - 30 Apr 2021
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Positive parenting programs are a key strategy to promote the development of parental competence. We designed a pilot study based on parental self-efficacy to promote healthy lifestyles in their children aged between 2 to 5 years old. In this pilot study, we aimed [...] Read more.
Positive parenting programs are a key strategy to promote the development of parental competence. We designed a pilot study based on parental self-efficacy to promote healthy lifestyles in their children aged between 2 to 5 years old. In this pilot study, we aimed to assess the effects of a parenting program on parental self-efficacy and parenting styles. Twenty-five parents were allocated into intervention (N = 15) and control group (N = 10). Parents from the intervention group received four group sessions (120 mi per session) to develop a positive parenting, parenting styles and parenting skills regarding to children’s diet, exercise, and screen time, and two additional sessions about child development and family games. Parents from the control group received these two latter sessions. Parental self-efficacy, parenting styles, and meal-related parenting practices were measured before and after the intervention and at 3-month follow-up. Acceptability and feasibility of the program was also measured. Quantitative data were analyzed using the repeat measures ANOVA and ANCOVA tests and the effect size calculation. Content analysis was used to analyse open questions. Positive trends were found regarding parental self-efficacy and the use of authoritative parenting style. Parents also reported a great acceptability of the program getting high satisfaction. According to the feasibility barriers and facilitators aspects were identified. The positive trends founded in this study support the development of parenting programs to promote healthy lifestyle in children. Full article
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