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Huotari, M.-L. (2018). Cognitive authority and health information literacy. In A.-K. Mayer (Ed.), Health literacy across the life span. Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.

Cognitive authority and health information literacy

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Author: Huotari, Maija-Leena1
Organizations: 1 P.O.Box 1000, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Pabst science publishers, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-01-31


The aim of this study is to explore whether the notion of cognitive authority by Wilson (1983) has the potential to increase the understanding of health information literacy in the context of everyday life. The qualitative research method is based on a socio-cultural perspective and elaborates further the results of two comparative studies among people living in a North-European country and a West-African country. In these studies an everyday health information literacy (EHIL) screening tool was utilised to indicate differences among groups of people. The exploration shows that the concept of cognitive authority with its sub-concepts has some explanatory potential, which should be examined further in future studies.

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ISBN Print: 978-3-95853-449-0
Pages: 59 - 70
Host publication: Health literacy across the life span
Host publication editor: Mayer, Anne-Kathrin
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 518 Media and communications
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
515 Psychology
Copyright information: © 2018 The Author and Pabst science publishers. Published in this repository with the kind permission of the publisher.