James A. Smith
Mick Adams, Edith Cowan UniversityFollow
Richard H. Osborne
Jesse Fleay, Edith Cowan UniversityFollow
Health Promotion Journal of Australia
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.
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