Adolescent Health Literacy, Social Media Exposure, and Perceived Health Status

Jilian Betina L. Buot, University of The Philippines Los Baños; Philippines
Marison Felicidad R. Dy, University of the Philippines Los Baños; Philippines
Published: December 12, 2020

Citation: Buot, J. B. L., & Dy, M. F. R. (2020). Adolescent Health Literacy, Social Media Exposure, and Perceived Health Status. IAFOR Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences, 6(1).


This study determined the relationships of functional, interactive and critical adolescent health literacy with sociodemographic characteristics, social media exposure (SME), and perceived health status (PHS). A total of 314 high school students from Grades 7 to 10 completed a self-administered questionnaire. Findings revealed that functional health literacy is influenced by age (p-value = 0.058) and parents' educational attainment (FEA: p-value = 0.059; MEA: p-value = 0.033); interactive health literacy was only significantly associated with SME (p-value = 0.004); and critical health literacy was significantly correlated with father's educational attainment (p-value = 0.062), SME (p-value = 0.08), and PHS (p-value = 0.019). For the logistic regression model of functional health literacy, only age was a distinct variable, and for interactive health literacy, it was SME. Other variables such as parenting styles, socioeconomic class, and school and peer influences are encouraged for future research for a deeper understanding of adolescent health literacy.


adolescent, health literacy, perceived health status, social media exposure