Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Health Promotion Journal of Australia

ISSN

10361073

Publisher

Wiley

School

Kurongkurl Katitjin

RAS ID

32386

Comments

Smith, J. A., Merlino, A., Christie, B., Adams, M., Bonson, J., Osborne, R. H., ... Gupta, H. (2021). Using social media in health literacy research: A promising example involving Facebook with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males from the Top End of the Northern Territory. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 32(S1), 186-191. https://doi.org/10.1002/hpja.421

Abstract

This brief report describes three key lessons learned during a health literacy research project with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males from the Top End of the Northern Territory (NT), Australia. More specifically, it is a methodologically focused paper that discusses processes associated with using a combination of yarning sessions and social media content as tools to unpack conceptualisations of health and well‐being among this marginalised population. The lessons discussed include (a) the utility of using social media in providing an authentic window into the lives of a hard‐to‐reach populations; (b) the need to carefully consider ethical implications; and (c) the benefits of using social media content to triangulate data and enhance methodological rigour. To understand the methodological contribution social media can make to equity‐focused health literacy research, it is first useful to understand what is meant by health literacy.

DOI

10.1002/hpja.421

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research Themes

Securing Digital Futures

Priority Areas

Digital citizenship and human behaviour

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