Student Reception, Sources, and Believability of Health-Related Information
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OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to identify the health topics students received information about, how students obtained health-related information, and perceived believability of those sources. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: Students (N = 1202) were surveyed using the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) of the American College Health Association. RESULTS: Nearly half (46%) of the sample reported not receiving any information, whereas only 0.5% received information on all health topics. The Internet was the most common source of health-related information, but, conversely, was perceived as the least believable source. Health center medical staff and university health educators were perceived to be the most believable sources. CONCLUSIONS: Future practice at the university setting should focus on delivering health information through believable messengers utilizing the most commonly reported sources of information. This may have implications towards how students shape their health-related social cognitions and subsequent behaviors.
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