Seeking health information in the information age

The role of Internet self-efficacy

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Abstract

The study reported here explored Internet self-efficacy in the process of acquiring health information on the World Wide Web. Internet self-efficacy was examined as a partial mediator of exogenous variables reflecting an individual's motivation to take action to manage his or her health and experience using the Web, and endogenous variables representing information-seeking behaviors and outcomes. The results show that Internet self-efficacy partially mediated the relationship between respondents' experience using the Web and their attitude about the quality of health information available online as well as the relationship between respondents' desire for informational involvement and their attitude about information quality. Internet self-efficacy completely mediated the relationships between respondents' Web experience and the perceived success of a recent information search as well as between respondents' desire for informational involvement and perceived search success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalWestern Journal of Communication
Volume72
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008

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Keywords

  • E-health
  • Health communication
  • Information seeking
  • Internet
  • Self-efficacy

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  • Language and Linguistics

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Seeking health information in the information age : The role of Internet self-efficacy. / Rains, Stephen A.

In: Western Journal of Communication, Vol. 72, No. 1, 01.2008, p. 1-18.

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