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Recherche d’informations de santé par les adolescents : place d’internet

Abstract : INTRODUCTION: Teenagers consult their doctor infrequently, and often for benign reasons. Their practices for obtaining health information are little known. The main objective of this study was to identify the means they use to answer their health questions based on different themes and the rank they attribute to the internet. Secondary objectives were to identify how they proceed to obtain health information on the internet, the difficulties encountered and their knowledge of health websites dedicated to them. METHOD: This descriptive study, interviewed, with a paper questionnaire, 526 adolescents, in 5 high schools from Savoyard Chablais, in September 2014. RESULTS: The main sources of information used were for general health: family (85.9%), friends (55.3%) and internet (52.5%), for self image, eating, exercise: friends (75.7%), family (74.3%) and internet (54.1%), for psychological disorders: friends (54%), family (43.7%) and internet (28.7%), for puberty, sexuality, contraception: friends (71.5%), family (39.4%) and internet (40.7%), for alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, LSD, etc.: friends (69.8%), internet (33.8%) and family (32.3%). Among the teenagers interviewed, 88.2% used the Internet to obtain health information. During their latest research, 82.8% used a search engine and 37.8% had encountered difficulties. Specialized health sites were poorly known (19.4% for the most known of them). CONCLUSION: Teenagers had mainly used their relatives and the internet to obtain health responses. It therefore seems interesting to promote health education by peer concepts, health websites dedicated to them and improve their internet research skills.
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Laure Vuarand. Recherche d’informations de santé par les adolescents : place d’internet. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2015. ⟨dumas-01167801⟩

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