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Article: Supplementing Vitamin D through Sunlight: Associating Health Literacy with Sunlight Exposure Behavior

TitleSupplementing Vitamin D through Sunlight: Associating Health Literacy with Sunlight Exposure Behavior
Authors
Issue Date2015
PublisherElsevier Ireland Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/archger
Citation
Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2015, v. 60 n. 1, p. 134-141 How to Cite?
AbstractPurpose of the research To test whether health literacy is associated with sunlight exposure behavior, we interviewed 648 Chinese adults aged 65 years or older. Methods Using the information–motivation–behavioral skills model and structural equation modeling, we tested whether health literacy was associated with the complex relationships among knowledge about vitamin D, attitudes toward sunlight exposure, doctor recommendations regarding sunlight exposure, and sunlight exposure behavior. Results Health literacy was directly associated with sunlight exposure (β = .20, p < .01). Indirect relationships also existed between knowledge and sunlight exposure through health literacy (β = .46, p < .001) and between attitudes and sunlight exposure through health literacy (β = −.12, p < .05). The model had good fit (χ2/df = 2.79; RMSEA = .053, p = .346; CFI = .95; TLI = .92). Conclusions Health literacy should be considered when educating older adults about vitamin D supplements and sunlight exposure. Providing relevant knowledge or making doctor recommendations might not be effective. Training should focus on individuals with low health literacy who may be less likely to receive sunlight exposure.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/214895
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.971
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.935

 

DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorLeung, AYM-
dc.contributor.authorCheung, MTK-
dc.contributor.authorChi, I-
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-21T12:08:03Z-
dc.date.available2015-08-21T12:08:03Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2015, v. 60 n. 1, p. 134-141-
dc.identifier.issn0167-4943-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/214895-
dc.description.abstractPurpose of the research To test whether health literacy is associated with sunlight exposure behavior, we interviewed 648 Chinese adults aged 65 years or older. Methods Using the information–motivation–behavioral skills model and structural equation modeling, we tested whether health literacy was associated with the complex relationships among knowledge about vitamin D, attitudes toward sunlight exposure, doctor recommendations regarding sunlight exposure, and sunlight exposure behavior. Results Health literacy was directly associated with sunlight exposure (β = .20, p < .01). Indirect relationships also existed between knowledge and sunlight exposure through health literacy (β = .46, p < .001) and between attitudes and sunlight exposure through health literacy (β = −.12, p < .05). The model had good fit (χ2/df = 2.79; RMSEA = .053, p = .346; CFI = .95; TLI = .92). Conclusions Health literacy should be considered when educating older adults about vitamin D supplements and sunlight exposure. Providing relevant knowledge or making doctor recommendations might not be effective. Training should focus on individuals with low health literacy who may be less likely to receive sunlight exposure.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherElsevier Ireland Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/archger-
dc.relation.ispartofArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics-
dc.titleSupplementing Vitamin D through Sunlight: Associating Health Literacy with Sunlight Exposure Behavior-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLeung, AYM: angleung@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailChi, I: irischi@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLeung, AYM=rp00405-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.archger.2014.10.005-
dc.identifier.pmid25456887-
dc.identifier.hkuros247143-
dc.identifier.volume60-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage134-
dc.identifier.epage141-
dc.publisher.placeIreland-

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