Health Literacy Among Children

This doctoral research focusses on health literacy among children in the Netherlands aged 9-12, in the context of prevention and health promotion. There is a great demand from society, government and healthcare for more insight into the health literacy among the members of this target group.

Objective

This research has three objectives:
1. To select/develop a measuring instrument to gauge the level of health literacy among children;
2. To provide insight into the health literacy of Dutch children and the determinants thereof;
3. To identify the potentially successful components for acquiring optimal health literacy among children.
 There is a great demand from society, government and healthcare for more insight into the health literacy among the members of this target group

Results

The intended results of the study are:

  • Expected health literacy among children aged 9-12.
  • A measuring instrument for health literacy among children aged 9-12.
  • The level of health literacy and factors that influence this among children aged 9-12 in the Netherlands.
  • Insight into potentially successful components for acquiring health literacy.
 

Duration

01 September 2019 - 01 September 2023

Approach

First, the expected health literacy will be formulated by experts. A measuring instrument for health literacy will then be validated within a Dutch context. This will be used to measure the health literacy of children in the Netherlands during sub-study 3. In sub-study 4, potentially successful components for acquiring health literacy will be identified through concept mapping.

HU researchers involved in the research

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Collaboration with knowledge partners

We work together with the following organisations:

  • Amsterdam Public Health research institute
  • Academische werkplaats Noord Holland
  • City of Utrecht, Department of Public Health
  • De Tweede Verdieping library in Nieuwegein

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Supervision promotion
This PhD research is supervised by Prof. Mai Chin A Paw from the VU University Medical Centre Amsterdam, and by supervising professor Prof. Katarina Jerković-Ćosić. For this project we collaborate with research groups of the Research centre for Healthy and Sustainable Living, the Research group Behaviour & Conversation in digital transition, and the Research group Youth.
 

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Wieke van Boxtel | Researcher | Research group Innovations in Preventive Care

Wieke van Boxtel

  • Researcher
  • Research group: Innovations in Preventive Care