Health Literacy: Developments, Issues and Outcomes

Robert Moore (Editor)
Derek Perry (Editor)

Series: Public Health in the 21st Century
BISAC: MED078000



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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand the basic health information and services that are needed to make appropriate health decisions. Health literacy is associated with multiple health outcomes, including hospitalization, global measures of health, and chronic disease management. In this book, the authors present current research in the study of the developments, issues and outcomes in health literacy.

Topics include designing communication to improve comprehension in populations at risk for low health literacy; mental health literacy in sub-Saharan Africa; cancer and health literacy; mental health literacy and its impact on youth mental health and ADHD; role of media in health literacy; ways to integrate health literacy into health professional practices; the health literacy of children who are looked after by the State; illness recognition and aggression-dangerousness perception of schizophrenia; and the health belief model and health literacy. (Imprint: Nova)


Designing Communication to Improve Comprehension in Populations at Risk for Low Health Literacy
(Carolyn R. Ahlers-Schmidt, Amy K. Chesser, Pediatric Research, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, KS, USA, and others)

Mental Health Literacy in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Issues, the Controversies and Doing the Needful
(Olayinka Atilola, Dept. of Behavioural Medicine, Lagos State University College of Medicine, Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria)

Cancer and Health Literacy: Establishing a Concept of Cancer Literacy
(Nicola Diviani, Institute of Communication and Health, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland)

Mental Health Literacy: Impact on Youth Mental Health
(Jackie C. Robinson, Huijun Li, Yue Li, Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, FL, USA)

Mental Health Literacy of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
(Viren Swami, Department of Psychology, University of Westminster, London, UK, and others)

Ways to Integrate Health Literacy into Health Professional Practice: New Trends to Enable Clients’ Empowerment and Participation
(Mélanie Levasseur, Annie Carrier, School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada, and others)

Health Literacy and People with Mental Illness
(Cherrie Galletly, Alisa K. Lincoln, Tammi Arford, Discipline of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide, Ramsay Health Care (SA) Mental Health Services, Northern Local Area Health Network, SA, Gilberton, Australia, and others)
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Readability of Canadian Newspaper Articles about Renewable Energy Technologies and Health: Implications for Health Literacy
(Benjamin Deignan, Laurie Hoffman-Goetz, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

Health Education is Health Literacy: Maximizing the Impact of Health Education Interventions by Focusing on How Individuals Acquire Skills for Behavior Change
(Ariela M. Freedman, Katharina V. Echt, Kathleen R. Miner, Ruth Parker, Hannah L. F. Cooper, Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA, and others)

The Health Literacy of Children Who are ‘Looked After’ by the State
(Paul Rees, Michael Holding, Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, Wales, UK)

Who are the Patients with Better Health Literacy?
(Aleksandra Jovic-Vranes, Vesna Bjegovic-Mikanovic, Dejana Vukovic, Jelena Marinkovic, Institute of Social Medicine, Medical School Belgrade University, Belgrade, Serbia, and others)

Illness Recognition and Aggression-Dangerousness Perception of Schizophrenia: Impact on Public’s Consideration of the Insanity Defense
(Ana Fresán, Rebeca Robles-García, Carlos Berlanga, Nicolás Martínez-López, Lino Palacios-Cruz, Clinical Research Division, Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente, Mexico City, Mexico, and others)

The Health Belief Model and Health Literacy: The Case of Perfect Knowledge
(Michael Mackert, Marie Guadagno, The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Advertising and Public Relations and School of Public Health, Austin, TX, USA)


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