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Revista Portuguesa de Enfermagem de Saúde Mental

versão impressa ISSN 1647-2160

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TOMAS, Catarina; QUEIROS, Paulo  e  FERREIRA, Teresa. The use of health information sources as a predictor of health literacy in substance use in adolescents. Revista Portuguesa de Enfermagem de Saúde Mental [online]. 2016, n.spe3, pp.15-20. ISSN 1647-2160.  http://dx.doi.org/10.19131/rpesm.0111.

BACKGROUND: It is the need or lack of knowledge that leads to the search for information, being essential to understand the context of this demand with a view to health literacy aproach strategy. AIM: To know the health information sources used by a sample of Portuguese adolescents and their literacy levels in substance use, as well as knowing the impact of using these sources of information on health literacy. METHODS: The study is quantitative, descriptive and correlational, cross, and the sample is non-probabilistic by convenience of 1215 adolescents (aged 14 to 20 years, both sexes and in secondary school in the district of Leiria). The self-administered questionnaire contained sociodemographic questions, the Health Literacy Questionnaire for Children and the Instrumento de Avaliação da Literacia em Saúde. RESULTS: The sample has good health literacy levels in substance use, using more often the health information sources doctor and family. It was noticed a correlation between the two concepts, with a health literacy in substance use prediction by the use of information sources. CONCLUSION: There is an explanatory relationshipbetween the two studied concepts, the health literacy levels in the use of substances found in the sample are good, and health information sources are frequently used.

Palavras-chave : Adolescent; Drug-seeking behavior; Health literacy; Information seeking behavior.

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