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Conference Paper: Sunlight Exposure Behavior and Health Literacy Among Older Adults in Hong Kong

TitleSunlight Exposure Behavior and Health Literacy Among Older Adults in Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherEditions SERDI. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.springer.com/medicine/family/journal/12603
Citation
The 20th International Associations of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG) Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Seoul, Korea, 23-27 June 2013. In Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 2013, v. 17 suppl. 1, p. S124, abstract no. SS24 422-S-3 How to Cite?
AbstractIntroduction : Suffering from vitamin D deficiency is common among older adults in Hong Kong, but many of them are reluctant to expose to sunlight. Little is known about the reason of this behavior and how health literacy (HL) is related to this behavior. This study aims to examine the relationship between HL and sunlight exposure behavior, and to identify factors mediating the relationship. Method : This is a cross-sectional study conducted in 7 local community centers and 23 residential care homes from May 2011 to January 2012. Path analysis was used to investigate the relationships among the variables of interest. Results : Among the 648 older adults surveyed, half of them had inadequate HL and 57% had less than 15-minute sunlight exposure per day in the last 7 days. HL was shown to have direct relationship with the respondents’ sunlight exposure (direct effect = 0.075) and an indirect relationship through their knowledge about vitamin D (KVD) and their attitude towards sunlight exposure (ATSE) (indirect effect = 0.015). Conclusion : The findings implied that purely improving older adults’ KVD or changing their ATSE may not help to rectify their behavior in sunlight exposure. On the contrary, HL seems to play a relative important role in behavior change. Keywords : health literacy, vitamin D
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/188061
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.199
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.919

 

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dc.contributor.authorLeung, AYMen_US
dc.contributor.authorCheung, MKTen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, SSCen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-21T07:27:53Z-
dc.date.available2013-08-21T07:27:53Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 20th International Associations of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG) Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Seoul, Korea, 23-27 June 2013. In Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 2013, v. 17 suppl. 1, p. S124, abstract no. SS24 422-S-3en_US
dc.identifier.issn1279-7707-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/188061-
dc.description.abstractIntroduction : Suffering from vitamin D deficiency is common among older adults in Hong Kong, but many of them are reluctant to expose to sunlight. Little is known about the reason of this behavior and how health literacy (HL) is related to this behavior. This study aims to examine the relationship between HL and sunlight exposure behavior, and to identify factors mediating the relationship. Method : This is a cross-sectional study conducted in 7 local community centers and 23 residential care homes from May 2011 to January 2012. Path analysis was used to investigate the relationships among the variables of interest. Results : Among the 648 older adults surveyed, half of them had inadequate HL and 57% had less than 15-minute sunlight exposure per day in the last 7 days. HL was shown to have direct relationship with the respondents’ sunlight exposure (direct effect = 0.075) and an indirect relationship through their knowledge about vitamin D (KVD) and their attitude towards sunlight exposure (ATSE) (indirect effect = 0.015). Conclusion : The findings implied that purely improving older adults’ KVD or changing their ATSE may not help to rectify their behavior in sunlight exposure. On the contrary, HL seems to play a relative important role in behavior change. Keywords : health literacy, vitamin D-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherEditions SERDI. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.springer.com/medicine/family/journal/12603-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Nutrition, Health and Agingen_US
dc.rightsThe original publication is available at www.springerlink.com-
dc.titleSunlight Exposure Behavior and Health Literacy Among Older Adults in Hong Kongen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailLeung, AYM: angleung@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailChan, SSC: nssophia@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityLeung, AYM=rp00405en_US
dc.identifier.authorityChan, SSC=rp00423en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros220960en_US
dc.identifier.volume17-
dc.identifier.issuesuppl. 1-
dc.identifier.spageS124, abstract no. SS24 422-
dc.identifier.epageS124, abstract no. SS24 422-
dc.publisher.placeFrance-

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