Health Literacy in High-Risk Youth: A Descriptive Study of Children in Residential Care.
Trout, Alexandra L. Hoffman, Steven. Epstein, Michael H. Nelson, Timothy D. Thompson, Ronald W.
Published: January-March 2014
Child and Youth Services
Vol. 35, No. 1 , p. 35-45
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Although previous studies have demonstrated that children in out-of-home care present with elevated levels of mental and physical health, educational, and behavioral problems, little is known about youth's ability to manage health care needs or access health information and support. This study evaluates the health literacy skills of 229 youth served in a residential setting. Results revealed that the majority of youth demonstrated some level of risk, and anywhere from one-quarter to one-third demonstrated significant health literacy deficits suggesting a need for additional research and treatment intervention. Implications, study limitations, and recommendations for practice and future research are discussed. (Author abstract)
foster adolescents; residential care institutions; child health; Child health services; Health education