Health Literacy in Korean Adults and Korean American Immigrants: Implications for Achieving Health Equity

Soondool Chung, Hee Yun Lee, Miwoo Lee, Semi Chung

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Abstract

Health literacy is necessary to understand health information and make appropriate decisions regarding one’s health. This study aims to investigate (1) the health literacy level of Korean citizens and Korean American (KA) immigrants in the United States and (2) factors that influence health literacy across three age groups. A quota sampling method was used to collect cross-sectional survey data from 404 Korean participants and 404 KA immigrants. Andersen’s behavioral model was used as the theoretical framework for this study. Overall, Korean participants had a higher mean score on health literacy than did the KA immigrants. Only one of predisposing and enabling factors were significant variables influencing health literacy in KA immigrants, while several predisposing, enabling and need factors were significantly associated with health literacy in Korean adults. Our findings indicate that both countries need to have a community-based health literacy educational program that is tailored to each age group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-36
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Quarterly of Community Health Education
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Korean adults
  • health accessibility
  • health disparity
  • health literacy
  • immigrants

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