Seeking and Processing Information for Health Decisions among Elderly Chinese Singaporean Women

Leanne Chang*, Iccha Basnyat, Daniel Teo

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Information behavior includes activities of active information seeking, passive acquisition of information, and information use. Guided by the Elaboration Likelihood Model, this study explored elderly Singaporean women’s health information behavior to understand how they sought, evaluated, and used health information in everyday lives. Twenty-two in-depth interviews were conducted with elderly Chinese women aged 61 to 79. Qualitative analysis of the interview data yielded three meta-themes: information-seeking patterns, trustworthiness of health information, and peripheral route of decision making. Results revealed that elderly women took both systematic and heuristic approaches to processing information but relied on interpersonal networks to negotiate health choices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-279
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Volume26
Issue number3
Early online date11 Jun 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • health information
  • interviews
  • elderly
  • women
  • Singapore

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