Senior Citizens Science Literacy and Health Self-efficacy Beliefs

Ágústa Pálsdóttir*

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Abstract

The communication of scientific knowledge about health related issues, and the enhancement of science literacy, has been generally recognized as an important factor in relation to lifelong learning about health. The significance of health self-efficacy beliefs has been emphasised in this respect. The study used the Perceived Health Competence Scale (PHCS) to examine the health self-efficacy of senior citizens 60 years and older. A total of 176 participants were divided in two age groups, 87 participants were 60 to 67 years old and 89 participants were 68 years or older. Seniors aged 60 to 67 years with primary education scored significantly lower on four out of eight statements, than those who had higher education, while seniors 68 years and older with primary education scored significantly lower for one statement. Taken together, the results indicate that senior citizens with primary education believe less strongly in their capabilities to effectively managing their health than seniors with higher education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Literacy in the Workplace - 5th European Conference, ECIL 2017, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsLoriene Roy, Sonja Spiranec, Joumana Boustany, Serap Kurbanoglu, Esther Grassian, Diane Mizrachi
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages398-406
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783319743332
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event5th European Conference on Information Literacy in the Workplace, ECIL 2017 - Saint Malo, France
Duration: 18 Sept 201721 Sept 2017

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume810
ISSN (Print)1865-0929

Conference

Conference5th European Conference on Information Literacy in the Workplace, ECIL 2017
Country/TerritoryFrance
CitySaint Malo
Period18/09/1721/09/17

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
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Other keywords

  • Health self-efficacy
  • Iceland
  • Science literacy
  • Senior citizens

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