Health Information Seeking on the Internet by College Men in Latino Fraternities

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Material Information

Title:
Health Information Seeking on the Internet by College Men in Latino Fraternities
Physical Description:
1 online resource (189 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Chavarria, Enmanuel A
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Health and Human Performance, Health Education and Behavior
Committee Chair:
CHANEY,ELIZABETH H
Committee Co-Chair:
STELLEFSON,MICHAEL L
Committee Members:
CHANEY,JERRY DON,JR
DODD,VIRGINIA JONES

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
college -- fraternities -- health -- latino
Health Education and Behavior -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Health and Human Performance thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
Latinos are now the fastest growing and largest ethnic group in the U.S. According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, 1 in 3 Americans will be of Latino descent by the year 2050. Despite this shift in the demographics of the US, we know relatively little about the Latino population's health profile and their health status. Recent research indicates that 66% of Latino Internet users look online for health information. This mixed-methods study sought to provide further insight on health information seeking on the Internet by college men in Latino fraternities. Data analysis procedures in this study included descriptive statistics, multiple regression, and qualitative thematic analyses of focus group transcripts and think-aloud protocol interviews; to investigate the variables attributes of online health information (source, message, and content); frequency of online health information seeking, level of social support, self-efficacy to engage in health behavior and seek out healthcare services among college men in Latino fraternities. Qualitative findings indicated that college men in Latino fraternities are mostly searching for online health information for persons other than themselves, such as family members. Findings show that this unique sub-group did not self-report searching for online health information on safe sexual practices, or sexually transmitted diseases. Concerns related to monetary income were associated with an increase in self-reported self-diagnoses and self-treatment. Quantitative findings found that Frequency of online use for health information seeking (Several Times a Week), Source (Somewhat Non-Influential), Content (Somewhat Non-Influential), and Age (18-20) were statistically significant predictors of self-efficacy to engage in health behavior. Message (Neither Influential nor Non-Influential), and Age (21-23) were found to be statistically significant predictors of self-efficacy to seek out health care services. Taken together, this is the first study to explore online health information seeking among college men in Latino fraternities.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Enmanuel A Chavarria.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: CHANEY,ELIZABETH H.
Local:
Co-adviser: STELLEFSON,MICHAEL L.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2015-05-31

Record Information

Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2014
System ID:
UFE0046247:00001