Differences in knowledge of Hepatitis B among Vietnamese, African-American, Hispanic, and White adolescents in Worcester, Massachusetts

Title: Differences in knowledge of Hepatitis B among Vietnamese, African-American, Hispanic, and White adolescents in Worcester, Massachusetts

Authors: Wiecha, John M.

Publication: Pediatrics, Vol. 104, No. 5

Date: 1999

Description: This study assesses the level of knowledge that Vietnamese adolescents have of Hepatitis B and how that relates to the knowledge of young people of other races and ethnicities. The study utilized a questionnaire to collect data from 2,816 middle-school and high-school students in Worcester, Massachusetts. The results of the study showed that adolescent knowledge of Hepatitis B was low overall and that the factors that most affected knowledge included race, age, level of education and academic performance, knowing someone with Hepatitis B, having been taught about Hepatitis B and degree of acculturation. The author concludes that adolescents, especially Vietnamese young people, should be given more health education on Hepatitis B.

Keywords: adolescents, adolescent health, health education, Vietnamese, Hepatitis B

Cataloged by: Alison Fulmer / B. J. Perkins

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