Health information seeking, beliefs about abilities, and health behaviour among Finnish seniors

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Kristina Eriksson-Backa, Heidi Enwald, Noora Hirvonen, Isto Huvila
Publisher: SAGE journals
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
Journal acronym: JOLIS
Volume number: 50
Issue number: 3
Start page: 284
End page: 295
eISSN: 1741-6477


The paper presents a study that examines older Finnish adults’
self-perceived capability to access, evaluate, understand and use
health-related information, and their perceived ability to influence
their health themselves, and the relationship between these factors and
their current health, health behaviour and information seeking.
Questionnaires were mailed by post to 1000 Finns aged 65–79 years, and a
total of 281 completed questionnaires (28%) were returned. Of these,
273 were included in the study. Cross-tabulation and chi-square tests
were used for the analysis. Results showed that both a stronger belief
in one’s capability to master health information and to act in a healthy
manner were positively linked to better health and health behaviour as
well as more active information behaviour. These beliefs can be
important factors for influencing certain health behaviours and even
behaviour change.


Elderly, Finland, Health control belief, health information literacy, Internal beliefs, older adults

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