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Psychometric Evaluation of a Chinese Version of the eHealth Literacy Scale (eHEALS) in School Age Children ARTICLE

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IEJHE Volume 15, ISSN 1529-1944

Abstract

The eight-item eHealth Literacy Scale (eHEALS) is a previously validated scale developed to assess consumers' combined knowledge, comfort, and perceived skills at finding, evaluating, and applying electronic health information to health problems. In the present study, a Chinese version of the eHEALS was developed and its psychometric properties assessed. A single group, cross-sectional study design was used to evaluate the Chinese version of the eHEALS (C-eHEALS) on 216 six-grade school children in two elementary schools located in south Taiwan. Results indicated that the C-eHEALS had good internal consistency reliability (Cronbach's alpha = 0.92) and produced a single factor that accounted for 63.5% of the total variance using principal components analysis. Furthermore, the total C-eHEALS score was significantly associated with computer skills including the ability to use a word processor, the use of the Web to search for information, the ability to find the file on the computer after downloading, and the ability to use computer to do school assignment. In conclusion, the C-eHEALS is a promising tool for evaluating eHealth literacy in Mandarin-speaking school children. (Contains 2 tables.)

Citation

Koo, M., Norman, C.D. & Chang, H.M. (2012). Psychometric Evaluation of a Chinese Version of the eHealth Literacy Scale (eHEALS) in School Age Children. International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 15, 29-36.

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