Digital Health Literacy About COVID-19 as a Factor Mediating the Association Between the Importance of Online Information Search and Subjective Well-Being Among University Students in Vietnam

Nguyen LHT, Vo MTH, Tran LTM, Dadaczynski K, Okan O, Murray L, Van Vo T (2021)
Frontiers in Digital Health 3: 739476.

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Nguyen, Linh Hoang Thuy; Vo, Man Thi Hue; Tran, Lien Thi Mai; Dadaczynski, Kevin; Okan, OrkanUniBi ; Murray, Linda; Van Vo, Thang
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Introduction: Digital health literacy (DHL) has recently been proposed as a means of enabling healthy decisions for protective behavior, preventive measures, and adherence with COVID-19 policies and recommendations especially in the era of the "infodemic". This study aimed to (1) identify COVID-19 related DHL and its association with online information seeking; (2) to elucidate COVID-19 related DHL as a mediator predictor between the importance of online information search and its association with subjective well-being among Vietnamese university students. Methods: A cross-sectional web-based survey was used to elicit the responses of Vietnamese students over 2 consecutive weeks (from April 25 to May 9, 2020, n = 1,003, 70.1% female students, mean age 21.4 ± 3.1). The online survey questionnaire collected data on the sociodemographic characteristics of participants, DHL about COVID-19, information seeking behavior, and subjective well-being. Mediation analysis was conducted using the importance of searching COVID-19 related information as independent variables, subjective well-being as a dependent variable, and DHL as a mediator variable. Results: Among 1,003 students, the mean (SD) of DHL related to COVID-19 was 2.87 ± 0.32. In the survey, 87.2% of the students reported sufficient well-being, while almost 13% reported low or very low well-being. The findings also indicated that search engines were the most popular platform for information seeking by Vietnamese students (95.3%) and 92.8% of participants had searched for information related to the current spread of COVID-19. Not searching for hygiene regulation as part of infection control and an average level of information satisfaction were associated with limited DHL (p < 0.05). The importance of online information searching related to COVID-19 increased the subjective well-being of students significantly and limited DHL (p < 0.05). DHL was found to mediate the relationship between the importance of online information searching and the subjective well-being of students. Conclusion: The finding provides insight into DHL about COVID-19 among university students, and their ability to find, understand, appraise, and use online health related information during lockdown throughout the first COVID-19 pandemic wave. DHL should be highlighted as a mediating factor that enhances the positive effect of the importance of information seeking on psychological well-being. However, further studies are needed to better define the mediating role of DHL across other factors. Copyright © 2021 Nguyen, Vo, Tran, Dadaczynski, Okan, Murray and Van Vo.
Erscheinungsjahr
2021
Zeitschriftentitel
Frontiers in Digital Health
Band
3
Art.-Nr.
739476
eISSN
2673-253X
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2958732

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Nguyen LHT, Vo MTH, Tran LTM, et al. Digital Health Literacy About COVID-19 as a Factor Mediating the Association Between the Importance of Online Information Search and Subjective Well-Being Among University Students in Vietnam. Frontiers in Digital Health . 2021;3: 739476.
Nguyen, L. H. T., Vo, M. T. H., Tran, L. T. M., Dadaczynski, K., Okan, O., Murray, L., & Van Vo, T. (2021). Digital Health Literacy About COVID-19 as a Factor Mediating the Association Between the Importance of Online Information Search and Subjective Well-Being Among University Students in Vietnam. Frontiers in Digital Health , 3, 739476. https://doi.org/10.3389/fdgth.2021.739476
Nguyen, L. H. T., Vo, M. T. H., Tran, L. T. M., Dadaczynski, K., Okan, O., Murray, L., and Van Vo, T. (2021). Digital Health Literacy About COVID-19 as a Factor Mediating the Association Between the Importance of Online Information Search and Subjective Well-Being Among University Students in Vietnam. Frontiers in Digital Health 3:739476.
Nguyen, L.H.T., et al., 2021. Digital Health Literacy About COVID-19 as a Factor Mediating the Association Between the Importance of Online Information Search and Subjective Well-Being Among University Students in Vietnam. Frontiers in Digital Health , 3: 739476.
L.H.T. Nguyen, et al., “Digital Health Literacy About COVID-19 as a Factor Mediating the Association Between the Importance of Online Information Search and Subjective Well-Being Among University Students in Vietnam”, Frontiers in Digital Health , vol. 3, 2021, : 739476.
Nguyen, L.H.T., Vo, M.T.H., Tran, L.T.M., Dadaczynski, K., Okan, O., Murray, L., Van Vo, T.: Digital Health Literacy About COVID-19 as a Factor Mediating the Association Between the Importance of Online Information Search and Subjective Well-Being Among University Students in Vietnam. Frontiers in Digital Health . 3, : 739476 (2021).
Nguyen, Linh Hoang Thuy, Vo, Man Thi Hue, Tran, Lien Thi Mai, Dadaczynski, Kevin, Okan, Orkan, Murray, Linda, and Van Vo, Thang. “Digital Health Literacy About COVID-19 as a Factor Mediating the Association Between the Importance of Online Information Search and Subjective Well-Being Among University Students in Vietnam”. Frontiers in Digital Health 3 (2021): 739476.

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