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Journal of Social Welfare and Management

Volume  10, Issue 2, May - August 2018, Pages 285-289


Original Article

Attitude towards Online Seeking of Health Information among Young Adults in Maraimalai Nagar, Kattankulathur
Hemamalini M.1, A. Vinodha2
1Principal, ES College of Nursing , Villupuram, Tamil Nadu 605652, India. 2B.Sc (N) Final Year, SRM College of Nursing, Kattankulathur, Tamil Nadu 603203, India.
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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21088/jswm.0975.0231.10218.3


The Internet is a primary source of health information for many. Good health is an indispensable prerequisite for the socio-economic development of any country. High-quality health information can be provided through websites, forums, blogs, and social networks, which have been some of the most popular channels for health promotion among young people in past 10 years.

Objective: The objective of the study was to assess the attitude towards online seeking of health information and to associate the attitude towards online seeking of health information among young adults with their demographic variables.

Methodology: Quantitative research and descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. A total of 150 samples were selected using non probability purposive sampling technique at Maraimalainagar. The tool used for the study comprises of 2 sections, section-A Demographic data (which includes: age, sex, educational status, occupation, monthly income, types of Family, place of residence, and marital status) and section-B- A structured 5 point likertscale developed by the investigator was used to assess the attitude.

Results: The study findings revealed that among 150 samples, none of them has poor attitude, 2 (1.3%) samples had moderate attitude, 138 (92.0%) samples had good attitude, and 10 (6.7%) samples had very good attitude.

Conclusion: Health agencies should ensure the improvement of online health information quality and the creation of health-related websites and programs dedicated to young adults.

Keywords: Online Health Information; Health Promotion; Complications; Young Adults.

Corresponding Author : Hemamalini M., Principal, E.S College of Nursing, Villupuram, Tamil Nadu 605652, India.