Emphasizing the child in child health literacy research

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    Child health literacy is a ‘hot topic’ of late, as researchers and practitioners work to attain an equitable and healthy future. Health literacy emphasizes the wide range of skills that people need to access, understand, evaluate and use health information to promote good health. In light of the recognition that health literacy is an important determinant of health for adults, addressing child health literacy early on is essential to maximize future health outcomes. Meeting children’s specific needs arguably includes the delivery of information that can be easily accessed and understood by younger age groups. While much academic discourse pertains to the importance of building parental health literacy, there is less literature that explicitly focuses on child-centred health literacy. On the premise that health literacy is an asset, this paper provides an argument for investing in children’s health literacy by working with children to encourage meaningful contributions in research and practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5-13
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Child Health Care
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017


    • Adolescent health
    • Child centred
    • Child health
    • Health literacy
    • Health promotion


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